With spring here, most drivers will pay a visit to a garage in the next few months to have their car serviced before their holiday, so it’s the perfect time to boost wiper sales, and to support this, Trico can provide a wiper diagnostics chart, attractive new display stands, merchandise and special promotions.
Motorists very rarely check tyres or windscreen wipers and yet to be able to see clearly is of the utmost importance. According to Trico, 90 per cent of all driving decisions are based on visual clues, which serve to underline how important having good and efficient wiper blades is.
So what are the signs that windscreen wipers need replacing? Worn wipers produce an uneven wipe, preventing proper contact with the windscreen surface, leading to poor visibility.
Trico offers the following advice on the symptoms to look for that indicate blades need changing:
Streaking: dry rubber that has hardened and cracked causes this. Tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances on the blade rubber can also cause streaking.
Chattering: very annoying; it’s the sound that the blade makes as it passes across the windscreen by the permanent set or curve in the blade rubber that some wipers blades develop when they are not being used.
Worn rubber: general rounding of the wiping edge caused by age and it is a sign that it’s time to replace the blade.
Spilt rubber: this is a condition found on blades that are old, or from the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays affecting the rubber.
Bent refill or wiper frame: this can be caused by the impact of ice scrapers, automatic car washes or vandalism, leading to bent or distorted wiper arms affecting the wiper efficiency.
Sam Robinson, Trico product and brand manager for the UK commented: “General advice from Trico is that blades should be visually checked on a monthly basis and replaced every six to twelve months. Ensure blades are a suitable length, style and fitment for the vehicle and if the car has traditional style hook wiper arms, consider upgrading to a modern beam blade for improved performance and weather resistance. Trico has a full range of front and rear wiper blades, available for 99 per cent of cars on the road in the UK and available at all good accessory shops and garages.”