Your choice of wiper blades can have a significant impact on how well you are able to see. Driving through thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and fierce winter snow storms are bad enough on their own, but when a huge 18-wheeler speeds past, leaving a dirty, muddy spray across your windshield, you want it gone and your field of vision clear as quickly as possible. That’s where the quality of your windshield wiper blades comes into play.
A small but significant percentage of vehicle accidents result from impaired vision caused by a dirty or damp windshield. In addition, many of the vehicles on the road today have windshield wipers that are beyond their functional lifespan. In most climates, you should anticipate changing your wipers every 6 months, in areas such as the Pacific Northwest, many drivers replace their wiper blades every 3 months. Fifteen percent of the vehicles inspected during National Car Care Month failed because of worn windshield wiper blades. And if you’re planning to drive your car through the rain, you must also make sure that the various parts of your windshield wiper system are in good working condition.
The windshield wiper system refers to the system of moving parts installed in your vehicle designed to wipe rain and dirt off of your windshield. The system is composed of the wiper motor, the wiper linkages, the wiper arm, the wiper blade and the wiper refill. All these parts work together to clear the windshield from anything that can obstruct your view while driving. All Honda vehicles are equipped with a high quality Honda OEM windshield wiper system, but these systems need proper care. Many people forget about the Honda OEM wiper arm. In case of damage, it is extremely important to immediately replace the damaged wiper arm with a new one.
How do you know when you need to change your wiper blades?
Colder weather is rapidly approaching with plenty of rain, sleet, snow and fog. Ice and snow can pack into metal blade frames and cause the blades to malfunction. During these weather conditions, good wiper blades are a necessity. Vehicle owners and drivers should keep in mind that it would be best to inspect windshield wiper blades at least every six months. Windshield wiper blades may not be used frequently but they do get damaged by several factors such as dirt and dust, UV radiation, friction and acid rain.
A good visual inspection of the wiper blade could prevent trouble later on. Look for cracked, nicked or torn rubber, or a discoloration in the blade surface. Next, run your finger along the blade surface and check for hard or brittle rubber or ragged edges. Finally, inspect the plastic or metal wiper body, looking for a bent or damaged frame that could affect wiper performance.
High quality Honda OEM wiper blades will make short work of that mess, while low quality blades will leave you squinting through smears, detracting from your ability to see what’s going on ahead of you.
Which leads us to our question…
Honda OEM Wiper Blades vs. Aftermarket?
Modern day wiper blades are modeled to mimic your eye, which blinks every few seconds, rather than continuously. Like your eye, every windshield is shaped differently. Your windshield wiper needs the correct geometrical pivot to keep the windshield clean and clear.
Honda OEM wiper blades are built specifically for your vehicle’s windshield. Improved wiping capabilities in rain and freezing weather, long lasting durability, and an easy to service design using a rubber insert that requires no special tools or high cost items to replace will leave a clean appearance from inside the vehicle with the wiper profile neatly conforming to the base of the windshield. The tough, sharp edge of OEM wipers blades produces a cleaner wipe and extends blade life.
When considering new wiper blades, you may also consider aftermarket options that attempt to match to the precision of a manufacturer blade.
Bosch, Michelin and RainX are the top competitors for an OEM Wiper Blade. Each manufacturer carries the benefit of improving weather visibility, safety and driving comfort, but they require additional products to repel rain, sleet and snow.
The main drawback to aftermarket blades is that they are not built to mimic your vehicle’s windshield, but the typical windshield wiper length of several makes and models. This puts you at a slight disadvantage when you’re looking for the best fit for your vehicle.
So now that you know the benefits of a Honda OEM and aftermarket wiper blades, which wiper should you choose? Why not choose the wiper that gives you the best protection for your vehicle? The wiper blade that was designed with your vehicle in mind.