It’s easy to forget that windshield wipers are a safety feature—until you end up driving in heavy rain or snow. Dirt, debris, and mother nature abrade wipers, while sunlight breaks down the rubber edges. Most windshield wipers need replacement every six to nine months. To check this, lift each wiper off the windshield glass and run your finger along the edge. If the rubber is chipped or a little rigid, you need new wipers.
Here are two tips from Gerber Collision and Glass to take care of your windshield wipers.
Keep them clean – Put windshield washer fluid on a damp sponge or rag and wipe debris off the rubber and your car windshield where the wiper rests.
Keep them free – If wipers are frozen to the glass, use the defroster and hand-clear snow and ice from around them before turning them on. Use windshield washer fluid with antifreeze.