Driving a car is an activity that engages all of the senses. The sound of other cars whizzing past you, the feeling of your hands gripped around the steering wheel, the smell of asphalt after a rain, and the sights of – oh, you can’t see through the windshield – you should probably take care of those wiper blades.
Wiper blades are as essential a safety component for your car as brakes and airbags. Without well-maintained and fully functional windshield wipers, we’d all be constantly bumping into things (not to mention each other) while driving.
Being able to see through the windshield may seem like a pretty basic topic to cover, but it’s usually the basics that go overlooked. If you haven’t inspected your own wiper blades in the past few months, it’s high time you gave them a look.
There are several things that can cause your wiper blades to break down over time. Dirt, airborne contaminants, and oil are all culprits when it comes to destroying a perfectly good set of wiper blades. The heat from the sun can even bake the contaminants and oil, speeding up the degradation of your windshield wipers.
In fact, if you haven’t checked up on your car in a while, it would be a good idea to take it in for a vehicle inspection. Professional mechanics performing vehicle inspections will most likely catch things that the regular driver would miss.
A clean set of wiper blades and a windshield you can actually see through may not be the most glamorous of auto accessories, but they could potentially mean the massive difference between a safe commute to work and a tragic accident.