Winter has finally arrived and with the recent wet, snowy and icy weather, remember to turn off the wipers when you turn off your vehicle. Taking care of this simple task could help you avoid damage to your wiper blades and the internal motor that powers them. Most ofus don’t think about how that blade manages to move across our field of vision. That’s why one of the most common and preventable repairs for any mountain car, truck or SUV is replacing the wiper blade motor. Requiring a wiper blade to clear a snowy windshield or unstick itself after a wet, icy storm puts stress on the motor which can cause it turn burn out and fail. The result may be you driving down the road with your head out the window along with an unwanted repair expense. Avoid this by always turning off your wiper blades when you stop the vehicle. If possible, pull the blades away from the windshield to preventsticking. This simple action will allow your blades to last longer and save the wiper blade motor from unnecessary stress. With the harsh conditions in Truckee and Lake Tahoe, the need to always have clear vision out the front and rear windows while driving is essential for safety. We at Quality Automotive and Smog recommend replacing blades twice per year for the best performance. Until the end of 2016, QAS Red Check Club members receive one free winter blade with the purchase of one. Call today for your blade replacement, vehicle maintenance, brakes, repair and service at 530-587-1933. There’s a knowledgeable service writer, backed by an expert technician ready to take care of all your service needs. We are Your Trusted Local Auto Care, located in the SaveMart/Crossroads Center off Highway 89 South and Deerfield Drive. Look for the red check inside the Q for Quality.