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Wipers can help you see clearly in any condition

Published On: Oct 29 2013 11:47:07 AM CDT
Cars driving on wet roads

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(NewsUSA) - Is there really a difference between wiper blades? When is it necessary to change my wipers? As the wet seasons approach, it's important to ask yourself these questions as heavy rains and increasingly severe weather can obscure driving visibility.

In fact, the American Optometric Association reports that 90 percent of all driving decisions are based on visibility. Having a properly installed set of wiper blades will enhance your vision during difficult driving conditions. Most drivers don't even realize they need new wipers until that moment of truth, as a storm approaches or heavy snow begins to fall.

To avoid this, check your wipers once a month for worn or split rubber that can cause streaking or chattering. TRICO, an authority in the wiper blades industry, encourages consumers to "change your clocks, change your blades" and make replacing wipers part of your typical fall and spring routine maintenance during daylight saving time.

Finding the right-sized blades can seem difficult.

You may find that several different wiper blades fit your car, and then ask yourself, "Does it really matter which one I use?" The difference between a conventional style and the newer, premium beam design is important to keep in mind.

A conventional blade design features a steel superstructure with blade claws, a rubber wiping element and several connection points. The beam blade design is the latest advancement in wiper technology that offers even pressure and enhanced clarity in all conditions.

Although the beam blade is considered an all-season wiper, you may want to consider a winter weather blade that is equipped with superior armors and synthetic blended materials.

No matter where you live, unpredictable and harsh weather will affect driving visibility, so be ready with a reliable, quality set of wiper blades when the time comes.