A worrying 6.5 million cars are being driven by motorists with faulty wiper blades, a poll has found.
17% of motorists polled across the UK claim to have driven with faulty or broken wiper blades.
The research also found that a surprising 20% don’t know when their wiper blade needs to be changed, while 15% were worried about driving in the rain and cited it as a reason that they put off driving during the autumn and winter months.
Wiper blades which don’t clear the wind screen properly affects drivers’ visibility and will count as an MOT fail. Driving with a car in this condition could see motorists hit with a fixed penalty notice for driving a vehicle with a part in a defective condition. Police could also view your actions as careless driving, which carries a £100 on-the-spot fine but can lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 if the case is taken to court.
Many drivers (16%) would wait for a garage to tell them a wiper blade should be replaced – despite the fact that an issue may not be picked up for many months during an annual service or MOT – a further 15% would wait until they begin to screech and 13% admitted they simply didn’t know when to change them.
As soon as a wiper begins to smear rather than clear your windscreen it is past its best and should be changed. Modern flat wiper blades don’t screech on the windscreen, so drivers listening for this audible warning are likely to miss the signs that their blades aren’t cutting it anymore.
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