A MOTORS pro has revealed the five signs your windshield wipers need to be replaced now or you could risk a staggering £2,500.
Windshield wipers are an important part of modern cars and vans as they ensure that you keep your path clear even in bad weather.
But driving with broken windshield wipers can make your commute unsafe and cost you thousands.
Luckily, an engine expert has discovered the signs that could mean you need new windshield wipers.
A windshield wiper expert said: “The importance of having suitable and working windshield wipers is often overlooked, but keeping them in acceptable condition is vital to your safety.”
“After all, a dirty windshield is not only irritating and distracting when driving, but it can also be dangerous if the dirt limits visibility.”
If they don’t work properly or are not in good condition, problems can arise – and this can even happenYour TÜV.
“If your windscreen wipers are found to be malfunctioning and therefore not roadworthy, you could fail your MOT, potentially leading to higher costs in the long term,” the expert continued.
Damaged windshield wipers can cost you £2,500 and could result in three penalty points.
If you get caught twice, you can even expect a driving ban for at least six months.
To avoid this, experts recommend keeping an eye out for these signs.
If streaks appear on your vehicle’s display after using the windshield wipers, it may indicate that a new pair of windshield wipers is due.
All you need to do is check the rubber underneath for any cracks or tears that could be causing the streaks.
Another warning sign of a broken windshield could be hidden in your car’s windshields.
Your wiper blades may miss parts of your windshield while cleaning – especially on warm days as the material can become softer.
If your windshields areExperts recommend replacing them with new ones.
“Windshield wipers typically last between 6 months and a year. So if you think it’s been a while since you swapped them out for a newer pair, then it might be worth taking a look,” they added.
Squeaking can also be a cause of your windshield wipers not working properly – car owners can pay attention to these unusual noises while driving.
Experts say drivers should be especially careful in the winter as heavy rain, ice and snow can cause serious damage to your windshield.
To this end, they recommend investing in blades that can withstand harsh and cold weather conditions.
Finally, motoring gurus recommend checking the screen regularly for signs of damage – including cracks or breaks in the rubber.
They said: “It’s also important to make sure you buy the right wiper blades for your car so that they fit and work efficiently.”
“Make sure you do your research or talk to experts about the appropriate blades for your engine’s make and model.”
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