Clear vision is crucial to safe driving, which is why it’s important to have efficient windshield wiper blades. Here’s a quick guide on how to pick the right ones for your car. You’ll also find tips on how to keep them in optimal condition for as long as possible.
Conventional Wiper Blades
Conventional wiper blades are an economical option. They have durable metal frames and the design conforms to clear most of the windshield as they wipe. However, they can be prone to wind lift and ice build-up in the frame, affecting winter visibility.
Conventional Winter Wiper Blades
Conventional winter wiper blades have an added rubber “boot” covering the metal frame, which helps prevent some snow and ice build-up. However, they do not conform to the windshield as well as winter beam blades and they are not suitable for summer use.
Beam Blade Wipers
Beam wiper blades are relatively lightweight and feature an aerodynamic design, which reduces wind lift and resists the build-up of ice and snow. The frameless design provides lasting protection against streaking. Specialty winter beam blades are tested to withstand extreme winter conditions (down to -40 °C) and are built to perform in harsh weather.
Hybrid Wiper Blades
These blades combine elements from both conventional and beam blades. They have a sturdy metal frame with a sleek, aerodynamic cover made of hard plastic or soft rubber.
When to replace your wipers
You should check your wiper blades regularly for signs of wear, because they deteriorate over time from use and environmental factors. Even when deterioration isn’t clearly visible, wipers can develop common problems such as streaking, skipping, chattering and splitting.
Maintaining your wiper blades
Avoid common problems and extend the life of your wiper blades by following these simple steps: