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By the author of What School Should Have Taught You.
If there’s one thing a car has to have, it’s windshield wipers. This indispensable piece of your car does a lot to keep you safe. It’s kind of hard to drive when you’re blindfolded, and if your windshield is coated with rain, that’s how it feels.
The thing about windshield wipers, however, is that they regularly need to be replaced. They’re also not cheap. Anybody that has browsed the wiper aisle at their local Auto Zone can attest to this. Dropping $70 on a pair of wipers is not uncommon.
So what can we do to be as frugal here as possible? Are there steps we can take to ensure that we are making wise financial decisions here?
Let’s take a look.
Buy quality wipers. Every time.
There are some things that are worth saving money on. And there are some things where your best bet is to just go ahead and pay quality prices for. Windshield wipers are one of the things that I think you should spend the extra amount to ensure that you’re buying a quality piece of gear.
Not only will this save you money in the long run because your windshield wipers will last longer, but you’ll also stay a lot safer as well. The last thing you want is to be driving through the middle of a nasty rainstorm late at night only to discover that your windshield wipers (or one of them) have recently decided not to work anymore.
When it comes to wipers, I personally am a fan of Rain-X. There are plenty of other nicer wipers out there as well, and your local car store guy is going to have his own personal favorite as well. That’s fine. Just spend the extra money and get something that’s actually going to work.
Don’t run your windshield wipers to move snow or ice if you can help it.
Your windshield wipers are able to squeegee water off of your windshield because of a very flimsy little piece of rubber that perfectly hugs the windshield to brush everything away. If you try to run that little piece of rubber over a sheet of ice or a bit of snow that’s stuck to your windshield, you’re going to end up potentially damaging that little piece of rubber.
You can easily end up causing part of it to get a little nick or be bent back awkwardly, making it so that your wipers will no longer be able to wipe as well as they would have originally.
To prevent this, scrape your windshield off as best as possible to make sure that there’s no ice or snow before you ever start driving in the morning. You’re also going to want to make sure that you have the snow off of the roof of your car, too, so that you don’t end up with a huge sheet of snow sliding down over your windshield as the car interior heats up.
Once again, this is a frugal step that’s also a safe step.
Stick your windshield wiper blades up if you know that snow or ice is on the way.
You’ve probably seen people do this before. The reason you want to do this is to keep ice from freezing your wipers down solid. Not only are you unable to use your wipers when they’re stuck underneath a sheet of ice, but the chances of their getting nicked or bent back weirdly increase as well.
You’ll help to increase their lifespan if you take this simple preventative step when impending weather is on the way.
Wipe away all those excuses.
Another thing that I would like to add is that it is not worth trying to be frugal by trying to stretch the lifespan of your wipers as long as possible if you know that they need to be replaced.
Please don’t put yourself and your passengers into a hospital and a rehab facility for the rest of your lives because you were hoping to squeeze an extra month out of your wipers. Replace them when they need to be replaced.
Again, some things are worth being frugal with. Some things are not. Windshield wipers are one of the things that you do need to stay alive when you’re driving. You wouldn’t buy a discount parachute. Don’t do the same with your wipers.
What do you think about all this? Do you splurge on high-quality wipers? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below.
And for more tips on how to save money with your vehicle, make sure you check out the following posts:
- Creative Ways I Use My Car to Add Value and Save Money
- How to Save Money by Boosting Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency
- How to Get a Sweet Deal on a Used Car
- When to Say Goodbye to an Old Car
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.