Every winter one question people ask all of the time is, “How can I stop icy clumps from forming on my wiper blades if I have to drive in the storm?” Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you are not alone. The bad news the solution is not so simple. Here are five ways to help stop ice from forming on your wiper blades:
- Rubbing Alcohol: Soak a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe down your cars wiper blades. This will stop them from sticking to the windshield and should prevent refreezing. The only problem is it won’t last forever because the rubbing alcohol will evaporate while driving.
- Heated Windshield Washer Fluid: This is much more common in areas of the country like Minnesota, where temperatures routinely dip below freezing for much of winter. The heated fluid cuts through not only ice, but “road grime” easier. Although some clumping may still occur, it won’t last as long. Heated windshield washer systems may be available in “cold-weather” packages. Aftermarket systems are available, but you should consult with your dealer or manufacturer before installing them.
- De-icer Windshield Washer Fluid: Using a windshield washer fluid that is chemically formulated to prevent icing paired with newer “winter blades” that are coated in rubber can help diminish the amount of freezing. This solution should work well, but only when traveling below 35 mph.
- Wiper Shaker: This is an interesting solution that involves you, or more likely a qualified auto technician, hard-wiring a small motor that attaches to the arm of your wiper blades. When activated, it causes the blade to vibrate and break up the debris and ice that has formed.
- Everblades: Maybe the best solution for someone who really wants to solve this problem. Everblades are heated windshield wiper blades that should be installed by a trained professional. Since the blades are heated, they stay above freezing so ice does not form.