How Long Do Windshield Wiper Blades Last?

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Your windshield wipers are not something you think about, but you depend on them during different weather conditions. Normally, windshield wipers need to be replaced at least once a year. Depending on where you live and how harsh the seasons are will determine the length of time between replacing your wipers. It is important to note that you should replace your windshield wipers when necessary so that they don’t damage your windshield. In this article, we answer the question, “How long do windshield wiper blades last?”.

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Why Replacing Windshield Blades Is Important

The blades are made of sturdy rubber so that when you turn them on, they glide across your windows to clear water, dirt, or snow. If you’ve ever been driving while it’s raining and the blades leave streak marks, it makes it hard to see. Damaged windshield wipers can also scratch your windshield which will make your windshield require premature replacement. Safety is of course the main reason why it is vital to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis.

When Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

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Depending on where you live, you may need to change the wiper blades more often than once a year. Harsh weather conditions tend to wear out blades faster. As the wiper blades are worn, you may notice an unpleasant noise, especially if the rubber blades are dried out. Moreover, the blades may skip and not make proper contact. This hinders your viewing area while driving, something to take seriously.

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How To Maintain Windshield Blades

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The blades will operate smoothly for longer when they are maintained. Keeping your windshield clean, will help the rubber squeegee glide smoothly across your window. If you live in an area where ice and snow are common, you’ll want to keep the blades off the windows. If there is ice and snow on the windows, use an ice scraper and your defroster to remove and melt the ice and snow before you turn on the wipers. Don’t turn the wipers on if the rubber squeegee is stuck to the glass due to ice. This can cause damage.

Moreover, during the hot summer months, try parking under a shaded area. Direct sunlight for long periods of time will dry out rubber squeegees, and thus, require a windshield wiper replacement sooner.

How Do You Know When To Replace Wiper Blades?

By inspecting your wiper blades on a consistent schedule, you’ll be prepared for rain or any other debris that obstructs your view. While looking at the blades, move them back and forth to see if they are flexible. If they feel stiff, it is due to the rubber drying, which happens over time. If the blades look cracked, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. The wiper blades should be flush against the windshield and the rubber squeegees should be soft and flexible. The blades should also be smooth along the entire length of the squeegee edge. If there are pieces missing or cracks, it can cause a visibility hindrance when driving since it won’t make the proper contact with your windshields.

New Wiper Blades After Replacing Your Windshield

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If your windshield sustains damage, it may be necessary to replace the entire window. This is often due to rock or something heavy hitting the window while driving. In situations such as this, replacing the wiper blades at the same time that your windshield is replaced is crucial. The old blades may not make the correct contact with the new window or cause noise and streaking. This will obstruct your view when driving. Furthermore, old blades may scratch your new windshield. This issue will cause your visibility to be obstructed and require premature replacement of your windshield.

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Costs Of Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades are very affordable. Considering how much you rely on them, it is definitely something you want to budget for. Keep in mind, even if you do not drive your vehicle often, your windshield blades will still show signs of weathering since the rubber is exposed to the elements.



Your windshield wipers work hand-in-hand with your windshield to ensure that you are safe while driving on the road. They both work together to enhance your visibility.  When your windshield is damaged, your windshield wipers can’t really do their job to enhance visibility. The opposite is also true. When your windshield wipers are old and need replacing, then your visibility is compromised. When you need a windshield replacement, it is important to replace your blades at the same time. This will help preserve your new windshield.

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