Wiper blades wear out after some time and cannot wipe water off the glass properly. They should be replaced to ensure good visibility.

In our tropical climate, heavy rainfall occurs often (and sometimes unexpectedly too) which can make driving conditions less safe. Fortunately, automatic wipers for the windscreen were invented over 110 years ago and motorists have been able to clear the water that falls on the glass as they drive.

“Especially in a tropical country like Malaysia with heavy rain and monsoon seasons, drivers depend on wipers to clear their windshield of rain and improve visibility. The cost of wiper maintenance is small but the role it plays in ensuring the well-being of drivers and their loved ones is big,” said Pang Yoon Kong, Country Manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia.

Mr. Pang said that a Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey found that 70% of Malaysian drivers viewed wipers as very important for driver and passenger safety. However, 53% of those interviewed indicated that they stretched the use of their wiper blades beyond 12 months; only 32% replaced the wiper blades with new ones every year.

“The rubber of a wiper blade will deteriorate over time due to road debris, chemicals, and climate exposure, aside from wear due to exposure to the weather elements. While many wiper blades today can last up to a year, Bosch recommends drivers to inspect the condition of their wiper blades regularly for wear and tear every 6 months, and to replace them once every year,” he advised.

The survey also found that 35% of Malaysian drivers spend an average of RM21 – RM40 on a pair of wiper blades, followed by 28% and 15% spending RM41 – RM60 and RM80 – RM120, respectively. So it’s not expensive to replace them regularly for safer driving.

Bosch offers a range of wiper blades for almost every vehicle model in the market and the range includes the Bosch Clear Advantage line. This wiper blade is equipped with a hassle-free quick clip adapter that enables drivers to replace the blades conveniently by themselves in just one step. The wiper blade’s rubber is coated with graphite to reduce friction between the blade and the windscreen for a smooth and quiet wiping performance.

The flat blade is also equipped with a mono Evodium steel spring that spans the entire length of the blade, creating a uniform pressure all along the blade as it presses against the windscreen. This ensures consistent and reliable wiping performance under any condition, making the Clear Advantage an ideal wiper for the Malaysian weather.

Mr. Pang advised those who will be travelling on their Balik Kampung journeys to inspect the wiper blades for wear and tear and to replace them if necessary for safer drive home or on holiday.

To locate an authorised Bosch dealer in Malaysia to purchase wiper blades, visit startwithbosch.com/my.

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