General Car Maintenance

How Often Should You Change Windshield Wiper Blades


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Windshield wiper blades are an important part of any vehicle that help to ensure the safety of the occupants. If your windshield wipers are not working properly, it can become difficult to see in heavy precipitation, which can increase the chances of having an accident. It is a good idea to learn as much as you can about windshield wiper replacement so that you'll know when it's time to change a windshield wiper that could be defective. How often you should change windshield wiper blades depends on how much they are used, so the following will tell you all you need to know about when to change wiper blades, based on local climate.

Cold Climates

If you live in a climate that has cold, snowy winters replace the windshield wiper blades at least once per year, preferably in the fall. People who live in areas that get lots of snow and rain use their windshield wipers more, so they wear out faster. Also, the grit and salt used to melt ice on winter roads can make the rubber blades wear out more quickly.

Dusty or Sandy Regions

In regions with little rainfall but a lot of dust and sand in the air, such as desert areas, the windshield wipers are used less frequently but the grit that accumulates on the windshield makes them wear out surprisingly fast. In this type of area, it is best to change the wiper blades at least once per year, but you should check them every couple of months to make sure they are still in good working order.

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