About 90% of our driving decisions in St. Louis are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.
Most St. Louis drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our sedan windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 car owners across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.
It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the St. Louis area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.
Us Barnhart auto owners need to change our thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as an important sedan safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.
You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of Missouri, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.
Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing St. Louis conditions, if your sedan has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.
Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Barnhart sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the sedan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire sedan windshield – that's a costly consequence for neglecting such a small part.
AutoNetTV and Kevin's Car Care recommend you replace worn blades right away. Your Barnhart service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Kevin's Car Care, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.
Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Kevin's Car Care will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.
Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.
So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.
Find us at:
Kevin's Car Care
7590 US Highway 61-67
Barnhart, Missouri 63012