When was the last time you had your wiper blades changed? If you are like most people, checking and replacing wiper blades doesn’t rank very high on the priority list. That makes a lot of sense, since we don’t typically use them on a daily basis…but it can be pretty frustrating to turn them on and see streaks across the windshield.
According to a study conducted by the Car Care Council, 1 in 5 vehicles on the road have deficient wiper blades or washing systems. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? According to information gathered at statista.com, there were approximately 254 million registered vehicles on the road (in the U.S.) in 2012, and if only 1 out of 5 is deficient, then around 50.8 million drivers may be visually impaired when driving at night or in precipitous weather conditions.
What can you do to avoid being part of the 20% problem? For starters, you can keep your windshield and side windows clean. Use the courtesy squeegees provided at most gas stations each time you refuel your vehicle. In addition to using the squeegee, check and replace wiper blades that are cracked, split or leaving streaks.
According to the experts at RainX, “Wiper blades should be replaced [at a minimum] every year” as part of a routine, preventative maintenance schedule. At Axleboy, we realize that drivers make critical decisions nearly every moment they are on the road, and those decisions are based primarily on visibility. Our top concern is keeping you on the road, and a good set of wipers can go a long way to helping you make the safest driving decisions.