Winter is on the horizon, and so it is key now more than ever to make sure that your windshield wipers are at their optimum performance levels. If you’ve changed your wipers recently but are noticing excessive smudging or a loss of visibility, don’t flip—you don’t necessarily have to shell out for a new pair of wipers. Windshield wipers, much like every other component of your vehicle, require a certain degree of maintenance and upkeep. Learn how to clean windshield wipers to make sure you don’t have to buy new ones too soon!

According to windshield wiper manufacturer TRICO, you should make it a point to inspect your wipers once every month. The easiest way to remember to do this is to clean off your wiper’s rubber element every time you stop to fill up at the gas station. The windshield washing fluid standard to most gas stations will do the trick just fine; you can splash a bit along the length of the element and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth for best results.

Your wiper blades will collect dirt and grime rather easily over time, making cleaning an imperative. If you’re experiencing excessive smearing or chattering wipers, you may want to consider making adjustments to the mechanical wiper arm or just buying new blades altogether. If you are having issues with your wipers and just aren’t sure what you need to do, don’t hesitate to bring it into Knight Automotive, and our service team will have it back to tip-top form in no time.