Fog, snow, and rain will cut down your visibility in winter. Your ability to keep the windshield clear will be tested.
A decade ago, people in colder climates fitted “winter blades” that had rubber boots over the metal frames to keep them from freezing up. Most cars now have “beam blades”, that aren’t as prone to the freeze-up. Making sure your blades don’t have stiff or worn rubber is crucial to “seeing” your way through fall and winter driving. The rubber compound deteriorates over time meaning most wipers should be checked and or replaced annually in extreme climates.
When parked flip your wiper arms up to keep them from sticking to the windshield. Proper scraping of snow and frost will also protect the rubber from damage and prolong the life of your wipers.
Use a proper winter washer fluid that is specially designed to improve winter driving visibility. They contain a high concentration of alcohol, which protects it from freezing and melt ice and frost fast.
It’s a good idea to keep a spare blade and washer fluid on hand, especially if you frequently travel the mountain passes. Planning ahead can save time, money and keep you safe.