Vehicles have a lot of moving parts, but one that often gets overlooked is windshield wiper blades. Wiper blades are one of the most important components of your car—especially when you get caught in a snow or rain storm. But many drivers fail to realize that their wiper blades are bad until they’re stuck in bad weather.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, poor visibility causes 38,700 crashes and kills roughly 600 people annually. Whether you’re driving in rain, snow, or sleet, reliable windshield wiper blades can greatly reduce your chance of getting into a serious accident.
How to Choose the Best Wiper Blades
So, you need new wiper blades. But where do you start? With thousands of windshield wiper blades on the market, choosing new ones can be stressful and a little tricky. Maybe you live in a hot, dry climate with little to no rain. Maybe you live in an area with regular monsoons and heavy snowfall.
Luckily, our folks at CleanTools can help narrow your selection down to only the best wiper blades.
When choosing wiper blades, you’ll need the following vehicle information:
- The year
- The make
- The model
Yes, your windshield wiper blades depend on whether or not your car is a two-door or four-door. You can also take a peek at your owner’s manual to find out what style of wiper blades your car can use.
Different Types of Wiper Blades
The right wiper blade for you is the one that will fit your car and your specific needs. If a wiper blade doesn’t fit your car correctly, you’ll notice right away. Wiper blades aren’t universal, so it’s imperative to find one that will comfortably fit your windshield.
When shopping for windshield wiper blades, there are several styles to choose from.
Traditional-Frame Wiper Blades
Also known as conventional-frame blades or bracket-style blades, these basic windshield wipers feature the typical rubber squeegees or halogen-hardened rubber. Even though these are the most affordable wiper blades, they’re not as durable as other choices when withstanding harsh weather.
Hybrid Wiper Blades
Hybrid wiper blades are based on the traditional-frame blade, but with a twist. A set of hybrid blades have a hard outer shell that helps support a lower profile with improved aerodynamics for an easy driving experience during tough weather. The shell also helps keep off pesky ice and snow.
Beam-Style Wiper Blades
No, these wiper blades don’t shine—but they will help keep your windshield shiny and clear. Beam-style wiper blades are the most expensive of the three types, but for a good reason. These beam-style blades are a single-component design made with durable silicone or rubber. Beam-style blades are sleek yet hardy and last a lot longer than conventional wiper blades.
When Should I Change My Wiper Blades?
Drivers tend to use their wiper blades far past their expiration date. This is not a good idea due to the risk of breakages or poor visibility. A good rule of thumb is to replace your wiper blades every six months, regardless of how often you use them.
During those six months, you should regularly check them for any wear and tear. To do this, simply run your fingers along the edges to feel for any chipped or torn rubber. When it’s time to replace them, replace your blades as a pair.
And don’t forget about your rear windshield wiper. It may be a third wheel compared to your front wipers, but it’s still important to use from time to time.
Keep Your Windshield Clear With CleanTools
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