You don’t have to be a seasoned driver–or a Master Mechanic–to realize that clear visibility is crucial for safely operating your vehicle. In ordinary conditions, the aerodynamic design of your vehicle helps prevent small debris from sticking to your windshield. When you encounter rain, snow, fog, or splashing, you often need a little help to clear your windshield. That’s where a good set of windshield wiper blades come in handy.
As an overlooked part of the vehicle, you never appreciate a good pair of wiper blades until you don’t have them. There’s nothing worse–or more potentially dangerous–than having your car view obstructed. That is, until your faulty wiper blades smudge the dirt when you try to clear it.
We caught up with a Master Mechanic to talk about the different types of wiper blades for your vehicle, and how to choose the best one to suit your driving needs.
Conventional Wiper Blades
Conventional wiper blades are usually the most cost-effective to purchase. They have durable metal frames with hinges that lets the blade conform to the shape of your windshield as it moves across the surface. Due to the movement of the frame and exposed parts, conventional wiper blades are affected by windy winter driving conditions, snow, and ice.You can get conventional wiper blades that are made for winter, but we wouldn’t really recommend it. These simply have a rubber covering to help protect the frame and do not hug your windshield as well as other models. In a bad storm, these could break and cost you more to replace multiple times.
Beam Wiper Blades
Beam wiper blades are more lightweight than conventional models and also tote a more aerodynamic, frameless design. This helps reduce the wind lift issue we mentioned earlier, and the build-up of ice or snow. Beam blades are conformed to the shape of your windshield and will stay that way to maintain a smooth, quiet, streak-free wipe no matter what weather you encounter.
Winter beam blades endure special testing to ensure they withstand extreme winter conditions and perform in harsh weather.
What Else Should You Look For?
You’ll want to look for a wiper blade made with a synthetic rubber blend. While traditional rubber is great for conforming to your windshield, it can deteriorate over time. In fact, the number one cause of rubber deterioration is the sun, so it’s not the best option for your wiper blades.
When to Replace Your Wiper Blades
You shouldn’t wait until the weather is bad to check your wiper blades. You should check your wiper blades periodically to ensure there is no streaking or noticeable signs of wear. If you notice anything unusual, it’s always better to be safe. The cost of a new set of wiper blades is nothing compared to the risk associated with reduced visibility.
If you have any questions about which wiper blades are best for your car, or need a hand replacing them, contact your local Master Mechanic today! We’re always here to help!