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Car Care: Windshield and Windshield Wiper Maintenance
Being able to see clearly is imperative when you’re on the road

With all the fancy equipment and cutting-edge technologies available on the cars we drive, staying safe seems easier and more convenient than ever before. However, one of the most basic, yet crucial, safety factors is often overlooked. Being able to see out your windshield, and making sure that your wipers do their job, is crucial to your safety and the safety of your passengers.
 
A clean windshield without cracks, chips and stains provides much more than just good visibility. Your windshield performs functions directly linked to passenger safety, among the most important being airbag deflection (some passenger airbags are specifically designed to bounce off the windshield) and preventing the roof from caving in. According to ABC News, there are approximately 11 million windshield replacements done per year and, unfortunately, many are done by technicians who don’t take the proper time or aren’t trained properly. Stop by and talk to a service advisor to find out about windshield replacement options. It’s important that only properly trained technicians replace your windshield, using parts that are specifically designed for your make and model of vehicle.
 
Your vehicle’s wiper blades are also often overlooked, yet are important pieces of equipment. Whether you need to move heavy snow, rain or road debris, your wipers play a critical role in maintaining visibility. Wipers are normally good for six-months to a year, but if you notice streaking or skipping it may be time to invest in a new pair. Putting this off can actually cause damage to your windshield if the wiper arms were to rub directly against the glass. Again, stop by and have the proper windshield wipers installed for your automobile.
 
Don’t overlook that cracked windshield or worn out pair of windshield wipers any longer. Stop by today and keep your vehicle as safe as possible.
 
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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