Windshield wipers streaking in the rain are pretty annoying, but when they can't clear a snow and ice covered windshield, they can be dangerous. It's kind of like the guy who tries driving down the road with just a patch of the windshield cleared. Of course it would only take him a second longer to clear the rest of the windshield, but somehow he's in too much of a hurry to do that. Sometimes we can be like that about maintaining our cars. Usually, it's simple if we take a minute, but we normally put it off and put ourselves at risk.
Wiper blades come in wide varieties. I recommend bracketless wiper blades because they won't get packed with ice and snow. Wipers usually won't clear well because the pivoting brackets in standard blades get iced up and won't allow for proper contact on the curve of the windshield. A straight edge won't clear the glass, and the brackets are supposed to help maintain contact. The bracketless blades maintain contact through tension and wind. They are usually designed with a curve that allows the wind to create additional pressure while driving down the road. This helps create a clean sweep.
Quick note, regardless of what type of blades you use, free the rubber from ice BEFORE you turn on the wipers! I don't know how many blades I've replaced that were completely torn because the rubber was stuck to ice. It takes a second and will save you time and money.
If you would like someone to help you out, give us a call! We would be happy to come by and put wiper blades on for you wherever you are!
Erik and Jennifer are the owner/operators of Mobile Service Pros. We enjoy working with our customers and community.