1/2/09

Winshield Wipers - Safety Concern


Worn wiper blades are dangerous. A critical safety concern that your car's wipers provide you with the cleanest windshield possible for the best driving view possible.
Dust, road grime, bugs, dirt, ozone, airborne contaminants, oil, sunlight and dirt all act to weaken and reduce your wiper blades' ability to keep your view unobstructed along with wearing away the flat surface for a good squeegee effect from your wipers.
And exposure to sunlight and ozone cause the wiper blades to age, even if they're not used much. Hot weather warps the rubber and prevents the blade from wiping your windshield cleanly.
Freezing temperatures make the rubber in your wiper blades hard and brittle, which increases their tendency to crack or tear.
Rubber also deteriorates over time. As blades age, they lose their flexibility and are less able to wipe cleanly. They may develop a permanent set or curvature, which prevents full contact with your windshield.
Heed the following maintenance tips for optimum wiper blade performance and driving visibility:
1. Replace your wiper blades every 6 months or 6,000 miles
2. Consider your options when replacing your windshield wipers: A) You can replace the wiping rubber or composite material or B) Replace the blade.
Whenever you replace your wipers, don't forget to also check your:
- Rear Wipers -- Headlight Wipers -- Wiper Motors -- Windshield Washer Pump -- Windshield Washer Hoses -- Windshield Washer Fluid -- Windshield Washer Fluid Tank (Reservoir)
Always read your manufacturer handbook and follow their guidelines! Safe Clear Driving! Sherry

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