If your windshield wipers are streaking and chattering when you turn them on in the rain or snow, it’s time for a little “blade renewal.” And when it comes to new wiper blades, there are some new designs that are worth a look.
One of the latest is called the beam blade. It’s different than conventional blades you might be used to. Instead of a metal frame and a rubber blade that slides in the frame on a track, the beam blades have an enclosed spring-steel band that allows the rubber wiper to conform to the windshield glass shape much more tightly.
There are some key advantages to beam blades, which is why many vehicle manufacturers are making them standard on their latest models. For one thing, they work well in all weather conditions, including the heat of summer and the icy, snowy cold of winter. Since there is no separate frame, snow and ice can’t form in gaps like conventional wipers and prevent the blade from clearing your windshield.
Many beam blades also have a mini “wing” on them. It uses the air moving over your windshield to create a little extra downward pressure that presses the blade even more tightly against the glass. The faster you go, the more firmly the blade can sweep off moisture. That means a clearer view.
Beam blades are an upgrade that can add to your vehicle’s overall safety with that increased visibility. The best thing is to discuss wiper blades with your service advisor to see if it’s a good choice for you and your vehicle, keeping in mind the type of driving you do and the climate you live in. Remember that when it comes to wipers, it’s important that you are using blades that are designed to fit your vehicle and that they are installed correctly.