All Things Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are something drivers use all the time. They remove rain, snow, and dirt from the windshield and make it easier to see! You’re probably aware that your wipers need to be replaced now and then, but do you really understand windshield wipers? Here are some interesting facts and tips about windshield wipers all drivers should know.


Windshields weren’t necessary until we evolved from horse-drawn carriages to faster transportation. Once automobiles began circulating, windshields became necessary to block wind and dirt from the driver’s face. To clean this glass, drivers first used brushes. In 1903, a swinging arm was invented that moved the windshield wipers when a driver moved a lever inside the car. By 1930, this mechanism was standard equipment along with rubber strips in place of the brushes. Many improvements and developments have been made since their inception to the wipers we know today.

How often should you change them?

Wiper blades should be changed every 6 months to a year, or as soon as you notice a difference in visibility. The best way to ensure constant proper visibility is to proactively change your blades before it’s necessary to do so. This will help you stay out of danger before your wipers become compromised.

How do you know if they’re bad?

You’ll know it’s time to change your wiper blades when the blade no longer makes proper contact with the surface. You may notice increase squeaking, skipping, splitting or streaking, all factors that may decrease your visibility.

Why are there so many sizes?

You may notice the set of wipers on your front windshield are different sizes and are not centered. This is because having the same size and centered wiper blades would create a lot of unnecessary overlap. The goal of a windshield wiper is to clear as much space as possible on a windshield and today’s familiar design allows for that. Additionally, not all car models have the same windshield dimension which causes a necessity for different wiper arm positions and lengths. 

While the purpose of windshield wipers is to ensure proper visibility for the driver, Performance Auto’s purpose is to ensure your whole vehicle runs smoothly. If you notice anything out of the ordinary on your car or need any routine maintenance, come into Performance Auto today!

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