Storm Eleanor Prompts Wiper Worry

Storm Eleanor Prompts Wiper Worry

01 March 2018

Halfords is urging drivers to avoid “wiper worry” with Storm Eleanor bringing heavy rain across the UK.

Ella Colley, Halfords’ wet weather expert says; “Strong wind and torrential rain could cause trouble for those with dodgy wipers. Our research shows that there are likely to be many motorists out there struggling to see as their wiper blades fail to cope with the elements. Poor visibility doesn’t just make driving in the rain unpleasant and more tiring but failing to see a hazard quickly slows your reaction time. This can add several car lengths to your stopping distance and make the difference between avoiding a collision and not.”

The advice comes as new research from the retailer found that two thirds of drivers don’t know when a wiper blade should be changed in order to ensure they maintain good visibility in wet and wintry weather conditions.

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.

*YouGov research for Halfords, September 2017, based on a sample size of 2,000 adults.

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