Windshield is the most significant part of our automobiles. We seldom pay importance to the wipers and washers we use.
Whenever we face harsh weather we realize how important these elements are.
History of Windshields
The first windshield wipers were invented in 1903. In 1916, wipers became standard equipment in most vehicles.
In 1917, the first windshield wiper powered by an electric motor was introduced.
During mid-thirties, the glass washer system, that sprays window washer fluid at your windshield, was introduced.
In the late-forties, the first combination of windshield wiper and washer system was put to practice.
Systems these days are designed to be user friendly, extremely effective, and ones that help maintain clear vision while driving.
Many a times we turn on our wipers and discover that part of the rubber portion on the blade is peeling away.
This incident is followed by a horrible screeching sound as the damaged parts drag across the glass.
The sound means you may be permanently scratching your glass.
Regular maintenance of your wiper blades is essential to the life of your windshield.
Wiper blades can be cleaned with a wet towel swiped along the edge of the rubber blade to remove dust and debris that build up over time.
Inspect your blades for areas that look hardened, torn and cracked.
Check the washer fluid level and add fluid if needed.
It is important to maintain the appropriate mixture of antifreeze and washer fluid suitable for the climate.
Never use plain water in your washer system. It may freeze in cold weather, or develop bacteria in summer.
Visibility is an essential for safe driving. Make sure you are prepared for rain or snow storm in advance.