COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 9, 2013) — Most drivers follow auto repair experts' advice except when it comes to windshield wipers, according to a Safelite AutoGlass survey of its customers.
Safelite said it recommends drivers replace windshield wipers every six months or 6,000 miles. The survey found 65 percent of respondents replace them only once a year while 23 percent opt for every two to three years.
However, about 61 percent of respondents do follow vehicle manufacturers' recommendations to rotate tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles; 30 percent said they do it even more frequently.
The majority of respondents also follow experts' advice to check their tail lights at least once a month, but the next largest segment (29 percent) check them only when they are told one is out.
"At Safelite AutoGlass, we care about the safety of those on the road. That's why with every windshield repair or replacement, the labor of installing new wiper blades is free," said Safelite President and CEO Tom Feeney.
"What many don't realize is that windshield wipers are critical to safety, as many of the most important driving decisions are based on a clear, unobstructed view."