When Should You Change your Windshield Wipers?

It is important to periodically change your windshield wipers. This is a key car maintenance activity to ensure clear driving vision when it is raining or snowing. Windshield wipers should ideally be changed every 6 months to one year. Windshield wipers are made from rubber, which can deteriorate during the hot summer months. On the other hand, windshield wipers take heavy damage during the winter months as well due to wet and freezing conditions. The rubber and plastic of the wipers can only take so much damage as time goes by. There are a few things you should look out for that will indicate when it is time to change out your windshield wipers:

  • When the wipers are running during the rain, they create large streaks of water, rather than fully wiping away water. Alternatively, you’ll see large sections where water isn’t being moved at all. Most likely the rubber is damaged or warped so it is not creating a complete seal with the windshield.
  • If the wipers are starting to break down they will make a chattering or stuttering sound as they move across your windshield. They are damaged to a point where they are not straight anymore, and cannot create a seal as they wipe your glass.
  • The most obvious way to know its time to replace your windshield wipers is if you see the rubber peeling away from the wipers. This is bad! Your wipers won’t be doing you any good without the rubber attached. Get your wipers replaced as soon as you see this happening.

The windshield wiper can make a huge difference in raining or snowing conditions. They are important for driver vision, and therefore driver and passenger safety.

How Long does a Windshield Replacement Take?

Our goal is for every windshield replacement to be fast, convenient, and safe. The actual windshield replacement process takes about one hour from start to finish. This includes removing the damaged glass, cleaning out the area, and putting in the new glass. For every replacement, the technician uses high-quality Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass and premium Sika brand urethane adhesive heated up to 180 degrees.

After making the replacement, the driver must wait an additional hour for the Safe Drive Away Time. The Wisconsin Windshield Centers Safe Drive Away Time of about one hour is the lowest in the industry. This is the lowest amount of time we require you to wait so that the adhesive can fully seal.

Between the actual replacement service and the one hour Safe Drive Away Time, a windshield replacement at Wisconsin Windshield Centers take two hours.

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We are all aware how dangerous it is to talk on your phone while driving, there has been laws passed to prevent this from happening so often. However, recently, distracted drivers texting or reading texts have been one of the leading causes of automobile accidents. The dangers of texting while driving has been increasingly being recognized as national issue and involves cumbersome texting fines if you were ever caught in some states in the US. Reliable research have found that it is six times more likely for someone to get in an accident when texting or reading messages while driving than driving while intoxicated. The five seconds your attention is away from the road to your phone while driving at 55mph is equivalent to driving across a football field blind. Now thirty nine states and D.C. have prohibited all drivers from texting.

By simple self-restraint to not use your phone during the duration of your drive will be beneficial for your safety and the safety of others on the road.  Automatic responses to texts and calls apps set up for your phone could significantly prevent driver distractions on the road. Other safe driving tips to follow is to have a drive cam which can monitor a driver’s activity and give feedback in real-time video. Just by merely using a hands free device or having both hands on the wheel is also sufficient in preventing the dangers of texting while driving.