How can something as soft as wiper blades end up breaking your windshield? Sounds strange, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that with the right conditions, something as simple as your wiper can lead to your windshield developing cracks – or completely breaking!
It’s one thing for a windshield to break because of the weather, it’s entirely another to break from wiper blades. As ice and snow settle on your car – especially the windshield, glass becomes very fragile.
People usually lift their wipers up to keep them from freezing onto the windshield – which is as it should be. The problem arises only when setting them back down. The same is applicable when you lift wiper blades to scrape the ice off.
Be very careful when setting the wiper blades back down. Hitting the already-fragile glass with wiper blades can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back – in this case, your windshield. It is already under immense pressure from the cold outside and relatively warm inside. Be gentle when setting them down.
Last season, when we had the idea of writing this, we had a client who accidentally dropped the wiper blade on their windshield when they were in the middle of replacing their blades.
When setting them down, place your fingers – four of them – underneath the rubber and bring the wiper down until your fingers are touching the glass. Set one end of the blade on the windshield and move your fingers upwards, setting the blade down flat.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the warm weather!