About 90% of our driving decisions in Saint Paul are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.
Most Saint Paul car owners have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our minivan 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 Saint Paul area. 78% of car owners only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.
Us Crystal car 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 minivan 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 MN, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.
Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Saint Paul conditions, if your minivan 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 Crystal sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the minivan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire minivan windshield – that’s a costly consequence for neglecting such a small part.
AutoNetTV and Crystal Collision Center recommend you replace worn blades right away. Your Crystal service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Crystal Collision Center, 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 Crystal Collision Center 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:
Crystal Collision Center
5108 West Broadway Ave
Crystal, MN 55429