Windshield Care 101: How To Choose Replacement Wiper Blades

Windshield Care 101: How To Choose Replacement Wiper Blades

At last, the time has come: time to change your wiper blades!

And how did you know it was time? Perhaps you were driving along, minding your own business, when the abrupt and unearthly screech of petrified rubber against your windshield sent your heart into your throat. Or, maybe, you watched with displeasure as a sizeable chunk dislodged itself from the rest of the blade, leaving a solid streak of windshield untouched and dingy from the subsequent and sizeable gap. 

For the sake of this blog post, let us assume that you correctly determined that wipers that cannot fulfill their most basic function (that is, clearing your vision to allow you to drive safely and effectively) must be replaced as soon as possible. The next step would be choosing the proper wiper blades for your vehicle.

Keep scrolling for tips on how to do just that!

1. Consult Your Owner’s Manual

You know that big, thick book you shoved in your glove compartment and have only moved to access your emergency stash of snacks, wad of extra napkins, slightly sticky spare change, and registration information? Believe it or not, that handy-dandy book can tell you precisely which wiper blades are compatible with your vehicle! 

2. Consult The Internet

“When in doubt, Google it,” is a common phrase for many of us. That being said, gleaning your information from a reputable source is key. It may be best to visit the official website for your specific vehicle’s manufacturer, just to be safe.

3. Take A Measurement

Misplaced your owner’s manual and don’t feel like Googling, but have access to a tape measure? Simply measuring the wipers currently on your car can steer you in the right direction when it comes to selecting the correct size of wiper blades at the auto parts store. If you’re desperate, some phones come with a built-in measuring device, or you can always try an app! Although such high-tech gadgetry may not always be as accurate as traditional measuring tools (taking into account potential user error, available lighting, etc.), they can certainly help in a pinch. 

4. Ask For Help

There is no shame in seeking advice from staff at the auto parts store, especially since helping you is exactly what they are trained and paid to do! Whether you call in or walk in, someone is bound to be able to help you navigate the tricky business of choosing the correct wiper blades. That being said, you will still need to make a decision regarding the blade material, brand, and price range. A good employee will be able to help you there!

Properly fitted, high-functioning wiper blades are an essential part of visibility on the road. That being said, don’t think that you need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on replacements, especially if it’s not in your budget. If you prefer to do research before purchasing, you may want to check out this article, which explores some of the best windshield wipers of 2021.

So, there you have it. Selecting replacement windshield wipers does not need to be a daunting task!

Until next time, from all of us at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!

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