When it comes to safety in rainy conditions, one of the most important features is also one of the smallest: the windscreen wiper.
It’s easy for drivers to overlook these parts, but they play a major role in ensuring visibility and thus are integral to preventing accidents. Sadly, they’re also prone to wear and tear, which is why drivers should be on the lookout for signs such as squeaking or clattering sounds when in use, an uneven or shuddering wiper movement, and streaking, smears, or gaps of moisture. Other red flags include reduced driving visibility, even when the wipers are in motion, and cracks, tears, or missing pieces in the blade.
Motorists should be advised to check that their wipers are in good condition: for optimal performance, only the edge of the wiper should touch the windscreen, and the blades should be securely attached to the wiper.
They should also check washer fluid regularly; important because the washer fluid bottle may develop a leak or the washer fluid pump may stop working. It’s also possible for window washer fluid jets to become clogged, in which case their aim will be affected. In all cases, it’s best to ask for advice from a motor technician, or the car may be impacted by mistakes such as replacing wiper fluid with ordinary water. The technician will also be able to advise on wiper blades should replacement be necessary: using the wrong size may affect their operation.