It’s the rainy season here in Florida, which means us Jacksonville and St. Augustine residents are getting daily, sometimes double, showers. These summer storms blow in, pour inches of water onto the Earth in minutes then seemingly blow away before you realize what happened.
All drivers know that rain greatly increases the risk of accidents, but there are ways to help prevent them from happening. Certain tires designed to handle water better, four-wheel drive cars and consumer products, like Rain-X, were created to help you tackle the elements and come out okay on the other side.
Most of those items, however, are optional extras. There’s only one item standard on all cars that help you handle the rain: windshield wipers.
The Anatomy Of A Wiper Blade
Windshield wipers are made up of a few parts, but it’s easiest to think of them in two main pieces: the arm connected to your car and the wiper blade that the arm holds and scrapes against your windshield.
Most cars are designed so that you replace the wiper blade instead of the entire assembly. The blades generally wear out after about six months, but during the rainy season of Florida you can’t wait that long. The more you use your wipers, the sooner they need to be replaced.
What To Look For In Old Wiper Blades
If the six month replacement time frame doesn’t keep you on schedule, it should be easy enough to notice when your wiper blades are in need of replacement. Signs you need to replace your windshield wiper blades include:
- Skipping—the blade bouncing up and down as it moves across the screen.
- Streaking—leaving visible smears across your windshield as it moves.
- Splitting—the wiper blade is cracked and leaving streaks on your windshield.
- Squeaking—an audible noise you can hear as your wiper blades move.
They Take Care Of You, Do You Take Care Of Them?
Like taking care of yourself, preventative care is always best in these situations. If you don’t replace your windshield wipers before it’s too late, you’ll be calling ASAP Towing for emergency roadside assistance. As much as we want your business, let’s try and keep you safe and on the road.
Including windshield wipers in your oil change is an easy way to stay on top of your regular maintenance. But, that might not be soon enough. Keeping an eye out for the signs of used wiper blades we discussed earlier (skipping, streaking, splitting and squeaking) is the best way to ensure you’re replacing your blades on time. At the least, you should change them once a year.
Do yourself a favor and change your wiper blades before it’s too late. With the daily rain storms here in Florida, the risk for driving accidents is worse than ever.
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