Many vehicle owners use the same type of windshield wiper blades regardless of the season. However, the wear and tear that traditional blades endure cause them to lose cleaning ability. Winter blades are much more durable and are designed to withstand the harsh weather and precipitation that comes when the weather turns cold.

The rubber on winter blades is combined with other compounds that ensure the material remains flexible regardless of the outdoor frigid temperature. The blade itself is also thicker, which enables the blade to effectively clean ice and snow.

The frames of summer blades feature a latticework design that offers a flexible spring. However, the frame is too delicate for harsh winter weather. The alternative seasonal blade is a solid piece of metal that is better able to withstand solid precipitation. The winter blade frame is also further protected by a coating to prevent moisture from contacting the frame.

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