Wiper blades on your BMW are a crucial aspect to safety, especially during the summer months when rain storms can brew out of seemingly nowhere. If the wiper blades are in poor condition, then this can cause streaks to form across the windshield, leaving you with reduced visibility.
Pay attention to the wiper blades on your vehicle and understand how and why they can become worn out, old, and why investing in the right blades can make a significant difference between you being safe on the roads during heavy rain and struggling to get to your destination in one piece.
Reasons why Wiper Blades become Worn Out
One of the most common reasons why wiper blades streak during the summer is because they don’t get used enough and the sun’s heat dries out the rubber of the blade. When this happens, the nature of the rubber –which is to give- fails and the blade can no longer hold the shape (curvature) of the windshield.
Also, wiper blades that have been exposed to the harsh cold snow and ice will wear out relatively quickly. If you haven’t replaced your wiper blades since the winter, it’s time to do that now. Even if those blades look like they are in decent shape, you don’t want to be on the highway, cruising through rush hour Toronto traffic and realize that you can’t see during a rain storm.
Dirt, debris, and even air pollution also wear down the rubber of wiper blades over time.
The best way to keep your wiper blades functioning properly is to replace them regularly. It is recommended to replace wiper blades every six to twelve months, but depending on the use that they experience and other factors, you may want to consider changing them more frequently than that.
Wiper blades do not cost a great deal, and it’s a small investment in keeping you safe on the roads.
Check your wiper blades once a week before pulling out of your garage or out onto the road. Run the wiper washer and inspect the wiper blades as they move across the windshield. If you notice any rubber pieces hanging from the blade, or streaks on the glass, bring your BMW to an authorized repair service center and have them replaced.