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Choosing the Correct Winter Wiper Blades can be Frustrating!

Traditional Winter Wiper Blade

Believe it or not, windshield wipers are the #2 safety feature on a car, right behind the brakes!  Selecting the correct windshield wiper blades for your vehicle is sometimes a frustrating task.  Do I pick the cheapest pair possible?  Are they all the same?  Winter wiper blades, traditional wiper blades, hybrid wiper blades, beam wiper blades… you get the point.  There are so many options to choose from when selecting the correct style of wiper blades for your car.  We are here to help you understand why beam-style wiper blades are the best option for all weather conditions including winter!

What is a Winter Wiper Blade?

To understand what a winter wiper blade is, we have to understand why it was created.  The original wiper design hasn’t changed for over 100 years. The traditional “summer” wiper blades were designed with multiple hinges and levers to confirm the blade to your windshield.  When winter came along, the hinges would freeze, have ice build up inside them, and would stop working.  The wiper blades would begin to chatter.  They would smear, streak, skip, and altogether not wipe.  Sound familiar?

Because of these issues, the winter wiper blade was invented.  The winter wiper blade is a traditional “summer” wiper blade wrapped in a rubber boot to protect the hinges and levers from freezing and clogging during the winter.  This invention became a MUST HAVE for all car owners living in snowy climates.  It became the norm for people to replace traditional blades with winter blades in the winter, and then go back to summer blades when the warmer weather came around.

Along Came the Frameless Technology

RainEater Beam Wiper Blade

The frameless wiper blade was designed to eliminate the use of hinges and levers altogether.  Rather than using hinges, frameless blades have zero frame! They are designed with a natural curve that fits perfectly to windshields.  The idea behind the beam style blade was genius.  Eliminating hinges and levers would eliminate ice buildup, clogs, and freezing in all conditions.  Even better, the beam style blade is more aerodynamic than the traditional winter blade.  This means snow does not build up as much on a beam blade.  They also use specially designed spoilers to catch wind-drag and hold your wipers down even stronger while driving. They last longer, perform better, and provide less wear and tear on your vehicle.

Beam blades are quickly becoming the norm. They perform well in all conditions, eliminating the tedious procedure of changing your wiper blades back and forth between winter and summer blades.

Which Beam Blade Should I Pick?

Of course here at RainEater we recommend our element blade.  The blade has technology that no other beam-style blade can offer.  Riveted spoilers, universal adapter, end-capless frame, synthetic pro blend of rubber.  We take pride in our product and truly believe it is the best.

However; here are some tips you can use when selecting a beam winter blade.

  1. Look at the spoiler: If the spoiler is too large or “bulky”, this can cause snow and ice buildup around the blade.  This will mean you will have to clean off the blade more often to get it to perform properly.  Damaging the blade while cleaning it off is a common mistake.  The more you have to clean it, the more chances you may have to buy a new blade.
  2. Check the adapter:  The last thing you want while driving down a snowy road is for your wiper blade to fall off.  Believe me, it happens.  Selecting a beam blade with a sturdy adapter can sometimes be hard.  For this exact reason is why RainEater designed the universal adapter.  When selecting an adapter look for one that has a tight fit and a strong connection to the base of the blade.  Also, pay attention to the materials used.  All adapters are made of plastic, however; certain plastics perform better in cold conditions.  Feel the adapter, if it feels cheaply made, it probably is, and it will not last a harsh winter!
  3. End caps: End caps are exactly what they sound like.  They are caps that are on the ends of the wiper blades.  These caps hold the blade together and protect the rubber.  If the end cap becomes damaged or breaks, the whole blade will slowly break with it.  Our wiper blades come without end-caps.  We infused our rubber right into the blade itself to protect it from breaking.  When selecting a beam blade, look for small and tight end-caps.  The larger the end-cap, the more likely it will get caught on something and break.

Conclusion

Winter wiper blades are a thing of the past.  Beam blades have swooped in and took their place.  Selecting the correct beam blade can be tricky.  Use the tips above to ensure you’re finding the correct blade to keep you and your family safe in the winter.  If you have trouble making decisions, let me help you out.  Choose RainEater Wiper Blades, you won’t be disappointed.  Find your size and buy a set today.

More wiper blade reading:

Best Windshield Wiper Blades for Snow

Wiper Blades 101

7 Reasons why Beam Blades are Better

 

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