90% of driver decisions are solely based on what we see through the windscreen. This makes good vision even more important when the weather turns bad. It’s like driving with your eyes closed.
With an estimated 1 in 5 cars driving around with broken, worn, or perished windscreen wipers there is no wonder why accidents spike sharply after the weather gets wetter and the days get shorter.
Skipping, streaking, squeaking, and splitting are all symptoms of damaged wiper blades. A damaged wiper blade can impair clear vision by up to 50% when driving in the rain.
Lack of effectiveness isn’t the only issue that can make things harder to see. If it has been more than 12 months since you changed your wiper blades you could be at serious risk of causing permanent damage to the windscreen. Microparticles of dirt are abrasive on a smooth surface like glass (even toughened automotive glass).
As we drive around in the warmer and drier months of the year we happily cruise around collecting dust, grime, and dirt under our windscreen wiper blades. This paired with the deterioration of the rubber in the hot sun means that when we do use the windscreen wipers micro-scratches begin to form. These scratches can be invisible to the naked eye, yet increase glare significantly in the early morning and late afternoon.
For most cars replacing your windscreen wipers will cost around $30, for larger cars this can be as much as $50. However, if you’ve noticed significant impairment of vision while driving in the rain the price of not replacing them could be a lot higher.
If you’d like to know more about how you can safely change your wiper blades, or whether or not you need to give us a call. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Phone – 8362 7395