Times are tough and people are penny pinching wherever possible at the moment. Never can this be truer then on the lead up to Christmas. The car is normally one of the biggest causes of a low bank balance, so you should make sure it’s well looked after. Parts will naturally deteriorate over time but they will last longer the better they are maintained. An example of this is your car wiper blades.
A typical wiper blade costs around £30, but this can heavily depend on the type of car you drive. Over 90% of road users don’t look after them properly and for many it only takes the first signs of streaks on the windscreen before the credit card comes out.
The money is only one reason why they should be maintained. The other obvious reason is safety. If you don’t know how to look after your wiper blades and put off buying new ones then you will end up with a windscreen which is very difficult to see through. To make it worse, the time you tend to use wiper blades is in bad weather (most commonly rain) which generally makes driving conditions very tough. This coupled with the lack of vision due to a streaky wiper blade is a recipe for an accident.
The more you use them, the faster they will wear out, but even if you don’t use your wiper blades, they will start to deteriorate. This is because they are made from rubber and this will naturally deteriorate over time. Also, things like the sun will cause rubber to age quicker. It is advised that you change your wiper blades every six months. However, if you know what to do to maintain them you can make them last over a year.
Check your wiper blades to make sure they are not damaged. If they are, then they will need replacing. If not, then all they need is a good clean. Purchase a bottle of vinegar, a cloth and petroleum jelly. Lift the wiper blades off the windscreen and wipe them down using a dry cloth, then damp the cloth with the vinegar and wipe them down again – this will clean the blades thoroughly. Once done, use a dry cloth to remove any excess vinegar and go over them again using the petroleum jelly. The jelly will need to soak in 10mins before the excess is wiped off but this will do the trick.
Article written by Jeff Green on behalf of http://www.eurocarparts.com.