Being able to see what's happening in front of your car is crucial to your safety, so maintaining the wiper blades on your vehicle should always be a priority, even more so during the spring months where rainfall is much higher in Ontario. Here's what you need to know about picking a new set of wiper blades for your vehicle.
Tips on choosing new wiper blades:
Types of wiper blades
Wiper blades come in all shapes and sizes, and manufacturers are continually developing new materials and improving designs to give you better visibility in wet conditions.
Conventional wiper blades are designed with metal frames and hinges, which allow the wiper blades to conform to your vehicle's windscreen. Although these wiper blades are more cost-effective, they are not designed to withstand wind, snow and ice. These blades often break during very harsh storms, and this could cost you quite a bit of money in the long run if you have to keep replacing them.
Another type of wiper blade is the beam wiper blade. This type of blade is more aerodynamic, and the frameless design helps to avoid damage caused by wind lift. It deals better with ice and snow and conforms to your windscreen's shape to ensure better visibility.
Synthetic rubber blades fare much better in extreme weather conditions than traditional rubber because the synthetic material won't crack, warp, and break easily.
When to replace wiper blades
Be sure to check your wiper blades regularly, not just when it is rainy outside. If you test your wipers in all weather conditions, you'll quickly pick up when there is damage or when the rubber has deteriorated enough to cause problems. If the rubber is warped, cracked or leaving streaks on your windscreen, it is time to replace your wiper blades.
Our service stations in Hamilton and Stoney Creek, Ontario, will ensure that you can drive safely, no matter the weather conditions. For wiper blade replacement or a regular car service, contact CRS Automotive today.