Are Your Wiper Blades Damaging Your Windshield?

When your windshield wipers are past their prime, you’ll know it. Not only can they be a real hassle to deal with when the weather isn’t ideal, they can also lead to dangerous situations on the road. In addition to that, they can scratch your windshield and impact general windshield view quality. Continue reading to learn why this is no good for your auto glass.

How Windshield Wipers Damage Your Windshield

If the rubber edge of your wiper blades is worn down, the metal beneath will be exposed. Seeing as the shape of the wiper blade presses the blade against the glass, the exposed metal will have no barrier between it and the windshield. This allows the metal to scratch along the glass for a prolonged period of time. The quick back and forth motion of the wipers will eventually form grooves from the worn-down blades digging across its surface. You’ll be able to see visible windshield damage when approaching your vehicle from the outside, and you’ll notice said damage while driving as well. If you leave your windshield wipers and auto glass unattended for long enough, you’re likely looking at a full windshield repair.

What These Scratches Do to Your Windshield

A windshield plagued by scratches can lead to multiple auto glass issues over time. These problems come in the form of water streaks that can block your view across the entire windshield, and both sunlight and headlights reflecting off the scratches and temporarily blinding you. You can see how these problems could be worrisome when operating your automobile. Keep your windshield from getting damaged over time and fix the matter before it leads to some real problems.

Should You Have Your Windshield Tended To?

When you come into your nearest Windshield Centers location, a technician will be able to advise you on what you have to do with your windshield. Much of the decision depends on the amount of inflicted damage to the auto glass. If there are only a few scrapes on the windshield then you’re very likely looking at some simple windshield repair. If there are deep gouges or other extensive damage scattered across the surface of your windshield, you’re probably going to have to replace the entire thing.


You probably never thought about just how damaging compromised windshield wipers can be. As you now know, over time they can wreak some real havoc on your auto glass. If you’re currently experiencing this problem, contact your nearest Windshield Centers location. We’ll set you up with an appointment and get your glass in top shape in no time.

When Do I need to Change my Windshield Wipers?

Your windshield wipers are a key safety component for every vehicle. Most people think of seat belts and air bags as the safety mechanisms essential to the vehicle, and they are. But properly functioning windshield wipers are also integral to a safe driving experience. The rubber and overall mechanism can break down over time. That makes it important to regularly check your windshield wipers and replace them every so often.

Here are a few indications that your windshield wipers are wearing out:

  • Your windshield wipers skip across your windshield without making a firm connection with the glass. The rubber on the wipers is most likely wearing off and cannot make a firm seal with the windshield.
  • The windshield wipers stutter across the windshield. The wipers do not make a solid connection to the windshield because the wiper rubber is wearing down.
  • Your windshield wipers leave large streaks of water across the windshield. Without a tight seal with the windshield, the wipers will not be able to push away the water as well as possible.

Replacing your windshield is an easy fix that greatly improves your safety on the road. Hot summer driving and freezing winter conditions can both wear out your wipers. Mix a windshield wiper check into your other car maintenance to-do list to make sure that you are driving safe during rainy conditions.


Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.