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8 Helpful Tips To Make Your Windscreen Wiper Blades Last Longer

Read our top tips to help you get the most out of your windscreen wipers before it’s time for a replacement.
  • Windscreen wipers are an important component of all vehicles, ensuring clear vision and road safety 
  • They need replacing on average every 12 months, as the rubber can degrade over time due to gradual wear and tear 
  • Squeaking, juddering and smearing are some of the main signs your windscreen wipers may need replacing 
  • There are plenty of things you can do however, to extend the lifespan of your blades and get optimal use out of them

 

If you read our blog on signs your windscreen wipers may need replacing, you’ll know that the time will come eventually. 

So how can you make sure to get the most out of your wipers before that time arrives? We’ve gathered our top tips to make your windscreen wiper blades last longer. 

1. Clean your windscreen and wipers

It may not seem obvious, but giving your windscreen and wipers a good clean from time to time can help them to last longer. 

Your windscreen wipers work hard to clear dirt and debris away from your windscreen, which can stick to them and build up over time. 

Clean wipers will be much more efficient at clearing your windscreen than dirty ones. Using our helpful guide, you can easily clean your windscreen wipers in minutes.   

In short, start by carefully lifting your windscreen wiper blades and clean your windscreen. You can then clean your blades using a cloth and hot soapy water, washer fluid and surgical spirit. Give them a good rinse and lay them flat, then you’re all set! 

2. Top up your screenwash

If your windscreen wipers are the commanders for clear vision, then screenwash is their close second. 

Screenwash helps to lubricate the windscreen in dry conditions to make sure they don’t become damaged from friction. 

If you operate your windscreen wipers and find that you’re low on washer fluid, it’s time for a top-up. In the winter, you may want to use winter screenwash as this is designed to withstand freezing temperatures. 

Make sure to choose a good quality screenwash and test it using your wipers after a top-up to ensure it’s ready when you need it. 

3. Prepare your windscreen wiper blades for winter

In the winter, you’ll be using your windscreen wipers more often. Rain, sleet, and snow are a lot more common during this season, so it’s important to make sure your windscreen wipers are in working order. 

Give your wipers a thorough inspection to make sure there are no signs of damage or wear. If you notice a change in their performance or any of the following signs, it’s time to change them: 

  • Squeaking 
  • Juddering 
  • Smearing 
  • Streaking 
  • Visible damage 

4. Park your car in the shade 

Where possible, it can help to park your car in a shaded area. This is because the rubber material in windscreen wipers can deteriorate faster when exposed to long periods of sunlight. 

If you can’t park in the shade, just make sure to monitor your wipers in case they become hardened. Using water and vinegar can help to soften your windscreen wipers while also giving them a clean. 

5. Lift your windscreen wiper blades if it’s freezing

This tip could definitely help you save time on a frosty morning! During the winter nights, the temperature drops low over the early hours of the morning. This makes your car – and windscreen wipers – more likely to freeze. 

Frozen windscreen wipers are problematic since you can’t use them straight away to clear your windscreen, as this causes damage. By lifting your wipers and placing a cloth in between the wiper and windscreen the night before, you can prevent them from freezing in place. 

Always remember to fully deice your vehicle using a scraper and de-icer, and to only operate your windscreen wipers once the screen is clear. 

6. Use quality windscreen wiper blades

Another great way to ensure longevity with your blades is to choose a manufacturer renowned for quality. 

At Windscreen Wipers UK, we have a range of the highest quality wipers on the market from top brands like BOSCH and MICHELIN. These are available with some fantastic offers, helping you save a little extra!  

Time for a replacement? Shop our range now and save 5% when you buy 2 or more wipers, or 10% when you buy 3 or more! 

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7. Test your windscreen wipers before setting off

Whenever you’re heading off on a journey, it’s a good idea to make sure your wipers are working. In the winter, the weather can change all of a sudden, so you’ll need to make sure you are ready for anything. 

If you turn on your windscreen wipers to find they aren’t working, this could be down to a damaged motor, wear and tear, ice, or other factors.  

For more information, read our blog on what to do if your windscreen wipers aren’t working. 

8. Don’t use your windscreen wipers on a dry windshield

Using your windscreen wipers on a dry windshield is a definitive cause of early wear and tear. That’s because without screenwash or rain itself on your windscreen, this can cause friction. 

If you use your wipers when not needed, this can damage the structure of the blade causing them to work less effectively when you need them most! 

 

Get the best for your car at Windscreen Wipers UK

At Windscreen Wipers UK, we offer the best for your car. With our range of premium wipers from top brands, you can rest assured you’ll receive the quality you deserve. Shop wipers now from BOSCH, MICHELIN, Lucas, Valeo and more. 

Plus, with our competitive pricing, you can enjoy extra savings with your new blades! We also offer free UK delivery, as well as a range of fast delivery options if you need them sooner. 

Not sure which windscreen wipers you need for your car? Use our handy vehicle search tool, or get in touch and a member of our customer service team will be happy to help. 

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