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Winter Versus Summer Wiper Blades

As another winter looms before us, motorists and truckers across the country are preparing their vehicles for the driving conditions that inevitably await them. While most focus on antifreeze levels and tire traction, many overlook the fact that their summer blades should be swapped out for those created with wintery conditions in mind.

The windshield wiper provides a valuable capability: the ability to see the road during potentially dangerous driving conditions. During winter storms, this can save the life of a motorist. Taking the quick and easy measure of changing wiper blades as part of vehicle winterization is a valuable step to take.

The Material Used

Summer windshield wiper blades are often made of rubber. While this is cost effective and useful in removing rain from the windshield, rubber is known to stiffen during cold weather, and this can make it difficult to remove snow and ice.

Winter wipers (Like Rain-X® Weatherbeater™ ) are made of a material similar to Teflon, and it is better able to flex during cold weather. As a result, drivers have a more clear view of the road as they face the adverse driving conditions common to the winter season.

Differences in the Framework

Aside from the material of the contact point, another aspect that makes the difference between summer and winter windshield wiper blades is the framework.  Summer windshield wiper blades often contain moveable parts that are not suitable for winter use. This is because the only thing protecting them from ice and snow is paint. Winter wipers include a small rubber protective layer in between the moveable parts and the elements, thus allowing them to continue working despite inclement weather.

Some windshield wipers are designed without moveable parts. This allows for them to be used despite the season. However, the best way to ensure the wipers are suitable for winter use is to make the small investment in a pair of wiper blades that are designed specifically to endure cold weather.

You Get What You Pay For

With both winter and summer windshield wiper blades, there are cheap alternatives that can be purchased. While saving a few dollars may seem like a good idea at the time of the purchase, the lower cost can compromise driving safety. Often, these wiper blades are manufactured using plastics that have difficulty conforming to the windshield, and this can cause it to be difficult to remove hindrances such as ice and precipitation.

Keller-Heartt.com stocks a complete line of bulk Rain-X windshield wiper blades and fluid perfect for motorists, trucking companies and automotive fleets that require  high-performance wiper solutions.


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