As the Seasons Change, So Should Your Windshield Wipers

A stock photo of a person holding their windshield wiper in the winter.

When Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

Nissan builds some of the safest vehicles on the market today, which also happen to be broadly equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems ever developed. However, the most important safety system is still the driver behind the wheel, who can also see clearly through the windshield. The humble windshield wiper continues to be the best way to maintain that outward clarity. So, when should you replace your windshield wipers? When the seasons change, you also need to change out your wiper blades. Let’s take a closer look.

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How Long Do Windshield Wipers Last?

Like anything else in the automotive industry, there is a price point to meet any need. Also, there are windshield wipers that are better than others. A quality set of wiper blades will last six to 12 months, with lower-quality blades having a lifespan of three to four months. However, it’s also important to note that the environment someone drives in can cause these numbers to expand or contract in unpredictable ways. 

At every service appointment at Barrie Nissan, one of our service techs will examine the status of your wiper blades.

Seasonal Windshield Wiper Blades

Our area can see the full spectrum of weather our planet has to offer. It’s very important to have the right kind of windshield wiper blades equipped to most-effectively handle those conditions. 

  • During the warmer months, when rain is more likely, a softer and more pliable set of wipers will be best.
  • Snow and ice bring a separate set of requirements. A more robust set of wiper blades is needed to clear ice and grime from the windshield.

Signs It’s Time to Change Wiper Blades

If a driver turns on their windshield wipers and the visibility gets worse, that’s a crucial sign the wiper blades need to be replaced. Other signs include:

  • Cracked or brittle rubber
  • Chattering sounds when blades are in motion
  • Bent or damaged wiper arms

Driver and passenger safety is a top priority for everyone at every level of the automotive industry. If it’s been a while since you’ve replaced your windshield wiper blades, make an appointment with the Barrie Nissan Service Department.