Wiper blades are quite possible one of the most easiest things to overlook on your vehicle, despite being a very crucial safety feature as it allows you to quite simply see the road ahead in unfavourable conditions. The importance with regards to the appearance, functionality and ultimately safety of your car should not be underestimated.
Yet so many do leave it to long to replace the wiper blades, how long is too long?
Of all the parts of a car which are subject to wear and tear, windscreen wipers are perhaps the most fragile. Manufactured from thin rubber, they are designed to operate smoothly on the windscreen without damaging the surface of the glass, yet despite their fragility they are often required on a daily basis, possibly for long periods of time, during wet weather. In winter they become frozen to the glass and in summer they are used to help to clean the windscreen, while being subjected to high temperatures.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, that windscreen wipers do not last indefinitely and require regular replacement.
There is no set time frame as harsh weather conditions can cause the wiper blade to wear sooner than others, ideally you do not want to put your wipers on to clear the ice from a windscreen as the ice acts as razor blades and cuts the rubber on the blade which then in turn ruins the blades and leaves you with streaks when trying to clear the glass of water.
By lifting the arms of the wipers away from the windscreen, you can quickly assess the condition of the rubber. Ragged, jagged or distorted edges, where the blade makes contact with the glass, should prompt you to replace them immediately.
Three Key Points To Remember:
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is urging drivers to carry out regular, simple checks on their vehicles to avoid MOT fails and the accidents that defects cause.
Make sure that:
Check that brakes work smoothly, tyres are legal, headlights and other lights work, windscreen wipers and washers work, and the driver’s view of the road is clear of any obstruction.
Car defects contributing to accidents
The 2015 road casualties report for Great Britain shows that car defects were a contributory factor in 1,131 accidents.
Over 75% of defects that contributed to accidents were either braking or tyre issues.
The MOT is there to help avoid this and help you keep your vehicle safe to drive. However, you need to follow the standard to pass the MOT all year round.
Remember an MOT is not the same as a service and don't replace each other.
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