Commercial Vehicle (CV) drivers and fleet managers are being urged by Valeo Service to consider wiper maintenance during the harsh winter months to ensure their safety and driving experience is not compromised by risks of reduced visibility.
Despite the critical role they play in avoiding poor visibility, wipers blades are often neglected and in the UK drivers regularly leave changing their wiper blades for as long as three years. The optimum period for replacing blades is recommended after 12 months and is a common practice in Europe.
Rob Ford, marketing manager at Valeo Service UK, explained: “Our European neighbours are more vigilant with their truck maintenance and replace their wiper blades on average every 12 months and this is a habit UK drivers need to get into, especially given the safety implications and the amount of miles these vehicles have to cover.
“During the summer months wiper maintenance often isn’t a priority as there are longer periods where they aren’t needed but as the winter draws in along with chance of adverse weather conditions, it is crucial to ensure wiper maintenance is a key part of servicing.
“When wipers are used regularly to clear debris from the windscreen problems can arise including damage and wear to the rubber blade causing streaks, hazing, juddering noise and an insufficient amount of pressure on the surface area.
“Another consideration is that CV drivers are on the road for much longer periods of time and their blades are subject to prolonged use which will mean more wear and tear than wipers on other vehicles. Ensuring wipers are checked and replaced if necessary during the winter service will prepare the vehicle for the season ahead.”