Warm weather can bring severe storms, and when the rain is coming down hard, that's one time you really need to be able to see as clearly as possible out your windshield. Having wiper blades that are fit for the job are important to maintain that safe view.
Maybe you live in a climate where you use blades made for winter weather and you have haven't changed them since the weather changed. Those blades are made of heavier materials and don't work as well in warmer temperatures. Blades made for warm temperatures are lighter and clear water better in the warmer months.
The general rule of thumb is you should change your blades every six months, but if you use them a lot, you might have to change them more often. A couple of signs that your blades need changing? If you are seeing streaks on the glass or hearing a chattering sound when your wipers are working, time for a new pair.
Wiper blades have cleaning windshields on vehicles for more than 100 years. The original designs have a multi-part frame that are better for flatter windshields. But newer vehicle designs now have curvier windshields, so a more recent design is called a blade wiper. It's designed to conform better to the glass so cleans it better.
Conventional wipers also aren’t as aerodynamic as blade wipers. Wind buffeting can reduce the pressure they apply on the rubber to the glass. With a spoiler as part of their design, blade wipers are pressed more tightly to the glass, an advantage in clearing water from it.
Another option is hybrid blades, essentially a conventional blade with a plastic shell around the wiper's frame that makes it more aerodynamic and, some say, gives it a more aesthetic look.
There are lots of choices, so consult our service professionals for a recommendation on which blade fits your needs—and budget—best. Keep your eyes on the road and keep your windshield sparkling clean, rain or shine.
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