Choosing Wiper Blades
By Mike Bumbeck/autoMedia.com
Next up the grade in windshield wiper improvement is to replace the entire
wiper blade assembly. This type of replacement is best if both the rubber
wiper refill and wiper blade assembly have seen their better days. Here is
where upgrades to heavy-duty replacements can be made. Every penny counts on
the assembly line. Factory wiper blades are often manufactured with low cost
in mind. Aftermarket wiper blade replacements can bring improved performance
with a simple remove and replace. Heavy-duty wiper blades specifically
constructed for use in more severe weather are designed to move heavy snow and
slush off the windshield. Some of these wiper blades are encased in an
additional sleeve of rubber for added snow removing squeegee effect and
protection from corrosive road salt.
Choosing a sportier wiper blade upgrade may be the answer if most of your
driving is done in a more temperate climate where heavy-duty or severe weather
wiper blade upgrades are not required. Improvements in the rubber compound in
the wiper material can help clear vision during more spirited driving.
Multiple edge wiper blades satisfy the 'more is better' school of thought.
Some sportier blades even feature built-in aerodynamic devices and foils
designed to better hold the wiper blade down on the windshield during spirited
or high speed driving. A vast array of colors and finishes are also available
for a custom look along with improved performance.
Whether you choose a simple refill replacement or an upgrade to multi-blade
carbon-fiber finish custom units, the key is remembering to replace worn
windshield wiper refills or wiper blades before the big storm or winter season
hits. Attempting to drive through a heavy snowstorm in the middle of the night
is absolutely the wrong time to find out the windshield wipers are not working
as well as they should. A yearly checkup well before the big storm is lucid
thinking. Replacing the wiper blades at regular intervals will help keep you
seeing clearly in the worst driving conditions.