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Did You Know You Could Be Fined For Driving With Damaged Wipers?

According to JPJ it is a traffic offence and you could be slapped with a summons.

By Aileen Chow | September 25, 2017

Just in case you’re wondering how much the compound is, it’s RM100 – you can see here (offence #221) that we’re not fibbing.

Most car owners delay having to change their worn windscreen wipers as long as they possibly can. But beyond the sake of trying escape being issued a fine, having a well-functioning windscreen wiper is extremely important for our own safety – especially since we are anticipating the monsoon season that will bring torrential downpours in the coming weeks.

Here’s what you can do to help keep your wipers in good condition and prolong their lifespan:
Do you remember when your wipers were last changed?
Truth is most of us don’t! The general rule – change your blades every six to 12 months. How long the wipers will last depends on several factors:

  1. What material they are made of (rubber, natural rubber or silicone)
  2. Product quality (generic, low-price variety; regular; top of the range)
  3. Exposure to the elements – wipers tend to wear out more quickly if you park outdoors frequently

What are the signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced?

source: rainx.com

In a nutshell, it’s time to replace your wipers if you see the above. In addition, check that the wipers’ arms are not rickety or broken and the joints are not corroded or detached. If you see any of these, it’s high time to get them changed. And don’t forget to check your rear wipers, too!

To lift or not to lift wiper arms?
Common “wisdom” says that wiper arms should be lifted when your car is parked in order to extend the lifespan of the wipers’ rubber squeegees. However, daily lifting and lowering of the arms can cause their spring blasting mechanism to become worn, resulting in reduced pressure of the blades on the windshield, which then causes ineffective wiping and poor visibility. So it’s a case of preserving the lifespan of the wiper blades in the short term vs. keeping the wiper arms in working condition for the long-term.

Wiper maintenance – it’ll help your wipers last longer and protect your windshield.
Debris on your windscreen can scratch the glass and reduce visibility, which is dangerous. In addition, debris can damage your wipers. Here are a few simple steps to care for both your windscreen and wipers.
–  Clean your windshield whenever you fuel up at the petrol station. It’s tempting to simply turn on the windscreen spray and wipers to clean a dry and dusty windscreen but in truth, this may just scratch your windscreen.
– Gently wipe the wipers’ rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove dirt and soot. Clean wipers will wear out over a longer period of time and prevent micro-scratches on your windscreen.

Rubber, silicon or natural rubber – which is best?
Silicon wipers generally cost more than regular rubber wipers and they last longer. Natural-rubber wipers, on the other hand, work as well as the silicon variety but we’ve found that the former (which tend to be a bit more pricy) stay supple for a longer period of time. But at the end of the day, it’s really a matter of personal preference.

 

 

 

We like wipers that don’t require rocket-science knowledge to assemble and we’ve found happiness in Bosch Aerotwin Plus. It comes with lengths and snap-on adapters to fit most conventional car models and in the packaging you’ll find QR codes to demo videos that’ll show you how to assemble the wipers.

We’ve found that the wipers are smooth and with minimal running sound. Its blades are coated with a proprietary Power Protection Plus polymer that is supposed to make the blades robust and resistant to temperature fluctuations, thereby increasing its service life. It’s said to be particularly suited to withstand Malaysia’s tropical environment. The coating also is meant to reduce friction for a gentle wiping action and optimum visibility. The acid test for Aerotwin is in the upcoming monsoon season, so we shall see if it lives up to its claims!

Bosch Aerotwin Plus is available at lazada.com and at selected auto service centres.

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