Team Car Wash knows windshield wipers play a key role in helping you stay safe on the road while driving in bad weather. However, your windshield wipers can eventually degrade over time due to age. Typically, it’s always a good idea to replace your windshield wipers every six to twelve months. Keeping a few things in mind can also help you understand if you need to replace your windshield wipers now or if you can afford to wait. Here are the five most common signs that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers.  
1) Peeling Blades
One of the common reasons for needing to make a replacement is if you notice peeling or loose blades. Your windshield wiper blades can eventually degrade over time due to UV rays from the sun. Peeling blades are also much less efficient in keeping your windshield clean. Replacing these blades as soon as possible is a good idea to avoid any safety concerns.  
2) Scratching Noises
Another common sign of needing a windshield wiper replacement is if you hear scratching sounds during each swipe. These annoying sounds often happen once the blades begin to wear down over time. Taking care of this problem as soon as you can is important, as it can cause permanent damage by scratching your windshield.  
3) Lack of Contact
Blades that fail to make contact with your windshield are often misaligned or worn down. You can also check to see if an obstruction is causing problems with your windshield wipers. If you don’t notice anything, it’s time to make a replacement. Replacing your windshield wipers will make it much easier and safer for you to drive during inclement weather conditions.  
4) Skipping Wipers
Dealing with skipping wipers is always a frustrating experience that makes it challenging to see the road. One of the easiest ways to fix this problem is to use Rain-X to make it easier for your wiper to glide across the windshield. However, you will need to consider making a replacement if Rain-X doesn’t help solve the problem.  
5) Filthy Windshield
A dirty windshield creates significant safety concerns for you and other drivers on the highway. Applying a few squirts of washer fluid should help clean your windshield and make it much easier for you to drive. On the other hand, worn-down wipers will have difficulty in keeping your windshield clean, as it’s important to replace your wipers to avoid these problems.  
Closing Thoughts
Team Car Wash recommends you be proactive and change your windshield wipers every six to twelve months. Recognizing any of these problems with your wipers is always a major sign that you need to consider making a replacement. Replacing your wipers will increase safety while also protecting your windshield from long-term damage.