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Visibility Maintenance Tips

Check your Wipers to Ensure the Best Driving Visibility

How do I know when my wipers need to be replaced?

  • Inspect your wipers once a month.
  • Have a professional look at them whenever you bring your vehicle in for maintenance or a repair.
  • Change your wiper blades every six months.
  • Need help remembering when to change your wipers? Sign up for email reminders from TRICO here.

 TRICO tips on keeping your windshield clean.Wiper Tips: Keeping your Windshield Clean

  • Clean rubber element every time you fill your gas tank. Remove loose dirt and road grime from the windshield.
  • When hand washing your car, use a small amount of non-abrasive glass cleaner on a wet sponge to clean both the windshield and the rubber wiping elements.
  • Always use an ice scraper to remove snow and ice. Using your wipers to de-ice your windshield can damage the blade as well as the entire arm and wiper motor.

90% of all Driving Decisions are Based on Visual Cues

The American Optometric Association reports that 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues. That means having the best windshield wipers is essential for safe driving vision. TRICO has engineered key technological advances into each wiper line to ensure each product performs better, lasts longer, installs easier and fits more vehicles than any other wiper manufacturer. TRICO® wipers truly do enhance driver visibility.

 TRICO tips on chips and cracks.

Chips and Cracks

Never let a chip or crack go unfixed. What looks like a small nick can lead to the entire windshield breaking, which can not only be more expensive to fix, but extremely dangerous if you’re driving when it shatters. Damaged glass can also cut the rubber wiping element of your wiper blades, causing streaking and poor visibility. Fixing chips and cracks immediately is fast and easy and usually covered by your car insurance.

Check Headlights

Make sure all your lights – headlights, brake lights and signals – are working properly. Doing this on a weekly basis ensures that you’ll have the best driving visibility at night, and will keep you from getting an expensive ticket.

 Signs that you need new windshield wipers.Signs that you Need New Windshield Wipers

How do you know your wipers need to be replaced? Deteriorated wipers produce an uneven wipe, which prevents proper contact with the windshield surface. This will create unwiped or streaky areas, severely impairing your driving vision.

If any of the conditions below describe your wipers, replace them today with new TRICO blades:


Caused by dry rubber that has hardened and cracked. Streaking can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances on the blade rubber.


The chattering sound the blade makes as it passes across the windshield is caused by the “permanent set” or “curve” in the rubber that some wiper blades develop while they are not being used.

Worn Rubber

General rounding of the wiping edge caused by age is a sign it's time to replace your windshield wiper blades.

Split Rubber

A condition found on blades that are old, or may be due to the effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays on the rubber.

Bent Refill or Wiper Frame

Ice scrapers, automatic car washes or vandalism can bend the wiper refill or wiper frame.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to refill wiper blades that are distorted, bent or badly worn.
Replace them with new wiper blades to avoid the possibility of damage to the windshield.

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