Wiper blades are like home furnaces. You don’t want to wait until you really need them to find out that they don’t work properly. Regular maintenance is a must. Most automakers recommend that drivers replace windshield wiper blades two or three times a year – it’s an essential part of vehicle maintenance.
To help extend the life of wiper blades, Ford recommends cleaning the blades once a month with a clean rag and some windshield washer fluid. Additionally, during hot summer weather, it’s beneficial to activate the wipers and washer fluid at least once a week. This measure helps prevent the blades from sticking to the windshield, which can cause damage.
You may want to pass this tip along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.
To watch a video explaining how to change wiper blades, click on the photo or link above. Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Automotive Enterprise Studies produced the video.