Three Tips To Improve Winter Visibility

Winter weather can really take a toll on your vehicle, especially if you are unprepared for the snow. The lack of visibility that comes with harsh cold weather is one of the main reasons for the upswing in crashes and breakdowns seen every winter. You can easily take care of all of your winter weather car care needs in one place by stopping into a Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers location.  Our expert teams of tire and certified automotive service technicians will assess the condition of your vehicle and help you get everything you need to make sure it is ready for whatever the winter season throws your way. Here are three areas to be mindful of in keeping your vehicle’s visibility clean and clear all winter long.

When To Change Your Wiper Blades

Your wiper blades can easily be the difference between an accident and safe roads all winter long. Snow, ice, rain, and debris kicked up by other vehicles can make it all but impossible to see clearly. It is extremely important to make sure that your wiper blades are functioning at full potential to keep you safe. Most wiper blades need to be changed out every 6 to 12 months, depending on how often you drive and how much you use your wiper blades. Extreme heat can break down the rubber components, but, by far, the most damaging element to your wiper blades is the cold weather. When ice accumulates on your windshield, many drivers use their wiper blades and wiper fluid to clear off their windshield. By doing this, you are essentially shredding your wiper blades, which can easily cut your wiper blade’s expected lifespan in half. You need to get your wiper blades changed if you notice any of the following issues:

  • Messy streaks
  • Skipping wiper blades
  • Loud squeaking whenever your wipers are engaged
  • Noticeable splitting or gaps in coverage

Check Your Defroster

In order to keep your windshield clear and free of debris, and your wiper blades safe and secure, you need to have your defroster checked before its too late. Your defroster functions by pumping warm air across the interior of your vehicle’s windshield to clear away any fog or condensation that may have gathered. As a byproduct, this heat will warm up your windshield, and over the course of 5-10 minutes, will begin to thaw any ice or light dustings of snow that may have accumulated on your windshield. Keeping your defroster fully functional is extremely important during the winter months.

Change Out Your Headlights

Vehicle headlights tend to be one of the components we don’t think about until they become a problem. The reality is that snow not only makes it more difficult to drive, but it can make it extremely difficult to see the road. You can easily avoid winter visibility issues by having your headlights checked to be sure they are in optimal condition at one of the 40 local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers store locations. Keeping your vehicle running and functioning properly all winter long is easy when you choose to have it serviced at a local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers. Come in today and let our experienced team of certified automotive service technicians handle all of your car care needs in one convenient visit.