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When To Replace Your Windscreen Wipers and Why Is It Important?

Find out how often you should replace your windscreen wipers and what signs to look out for.
  • You should replace your windscreen wipers every 6-12 months. 
  • If you notice any signs of damage, such as streaking or skipping, you should get your wiper blades changed 
  • Deteriorated wiper blades can cause damage to your windscreen and fail your MOT 
  • Our helpful fitting guides are on hand to assist you when fitting your replacement wipers 

 

Motorway Windscreen

Are you aware how often you should replace your windscreen wipers? In this article we answer all of your questions. We’ll also highlight the key signs to look out for. 

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your windscreen wipers, so that you can spot any problems faster. When it’s time to replace your windscreen wipers, check our helpful fitting guides for advice.  

 

When to change your windscreen wiper blades?

Your windscreen wipers work their hardest usually during the winter. In preparation for the wet, cold nights, make sure your wipers are in top condition. 

Sometimes you may see some signs of damage to your wipers. This may indicate that it’s time to get the blades replaced. The typical signs of windscreen wiper damage include: 

  • Squeaking 
  • Skipping 
  • Streaking 

If you keep using damaged windscreen wiper blades, you may damage your windshield. This is especially likely if the rubber has peeled off or broken, revealing the metal part. The metal can scratch your windscreen, which could result in an expensive repair. 

 

How often should you change your windscreen wiper blades?

Generally, you should replace your windscreen wipers every 6-12 months. This helps make sure the wipers work at an optimal level at all times. 

However, if your wipers start showing signs of deterioration, you should get them replaced as soon as possible.  

 

How long do windscreen wipers last?

Windscreen wiper blades last on average between 6-12 months, depending on how much they are used. The quality of the wiper blade also affects how often you need to replace them. 

If you notice anything abnormal, such as juddering or streaking, it’s time to replace your wipers. Most wiper blades come with up to 12 months’ manufacturer warranty, demonstrating their quality. 

 

Benefits of changing your windscreen wiper blades

It’s a good idea to get your windscreen wipers changed regularly. The benefits include: 

  • Improved visibility 
  • More efficient wiping 
  • Quieter wiping 
  • Protection of your windscreen 
  • It’s easy and fast! 

We hope you have learned why and when you should replace your windscreen wiper blades. You can find a large range of wipers from leading manufacturers, suitable for your car. 

Need help to find the right wiper blade? Enter your registration number to our vehicle search tool to get started. You can get your new windscreen wiper blades ordered today. 

If you require help with fitting, check out our practical fitting guides. Each package also comes with detailed fitting instructions. 

 

Man Changing Wipers

FAQs

Is it important to change wiper blades?

Yes! You should get your windscreen wiper blades changed every 6-12 months, depending on the usage. If you see signs of damage appear before this, you should get them replaced immediately. 

If you keep using deteriorated wipers, you may damage your windscreen. This can result in pricey repair work. 

How do I know if my wiper blades need replacing?

You should get them replaced at least once a year. If your wipers are not wiping the screen properly or you can hear juddering, it’s time to replace them. 

What happens if you don't replace your windshield wipers?

With the damage to your windscreen, you may end up with a hefty bill for repairs. Alternatively, you could also fail your next MOT. 

Is it worth replacing wiper blades?

Absolutely! Not only will you be able to see more clearly, but the wipers will perform better with less noise. You will also avoid any damage to your windscreen. 

What is the lifespan of a windshield wiper blade?

Windscreen wiper blade lasts between 6-12 months. 

We also recommend updating your wipers to new ones right before winter. This is because we use our wipers more during these months than any other time of year. It’s crucial for your visibility that your windscreen wipers are in top condition. 

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