(ARA) - If you are surprised by a rain shower and
you don’t have your umbrella, you may get a little wet; but if you
get caught without properly functioning windshield wipers on your
car or truck, it could be dangerous.
Driving during a storm is hazardous enough
without the added danger of diminished visibility due to worn out or
damaged wiper blades. It’s not a good idea to wait until the worst
storm of the season to discover that your wiper blades need to be
“You should frequently check your wiper blades
and plan on replacing them about twice a year,” says Crystal
Reynolds, brand manager for Anco wiper blades, the number one brand
of replacement blades in North America. “Rubber blades are
constantly exposed to the elements and begin to deteriorate as soon
as they are installed.”
The hot, dry summer season causes even more
damage to wiper blades than wet winter weather. The telltale signs
are streaks on your windshield, or blades that skip during wiping.
Reynolds recommends that you take a look at the condition of your
wiper blades about once a month by lifting the wiper arm away from
the windshield and checking for wear at the edge of the blade -- be
alert for brittle or cracked areas.
In addition to inspecting the blades, turn on
your washer and wiper systems to find out how well the wipers clear
liquid from your windshield. Even blades that look O.K. can be
damaged and won’t clean your windshield well. Don’t forget to check
your rear windshield wiper too.
“A rubber blade that has been damaged from the
sun, snow or salt corrosion can severely impair wiping performance,”
There are now high-tech windshield wiper choices
for drivers who want to enhance their safety during wet weather. One
such wiper blade, called Anco HydroClear, is made from a synthetic
compound that instantly “beads” water on contact. The scoop-shaped
design then efficiently lifts the water from the windshield surface.
Conventional blades are made from natural-rubber
compounds that attract, rather that repel water, and the wiper
simply spreads the liquid across the windshield surface. In
addition, unlike traditional rubber blades, HydroClear blades will
not tear or rot due to ozone or ultraviolet-induced wear, and will
remain flexible under a vast range of temperatures.
These wipers won’t lift off the windshield in
blustery conditions either -- the aerodynamic design ensures tight
and consistent contact with the windshield at high driving speed and
Take a minute to check your wiper blades when the
sun is shining. You’ll be glad you did the next time you’re driving
in a downpour.
Anco HydroClear wiper blades are available for a
wide range of domestic and imported vehicles through auto parts
dealers and service businesses. For more information, visit