How to Prevent Wiper Blades From Freezing

Your vehicle's windshield-wiper blades can freeze during the winter if you don't take the right precautions. Frozen blades can cause streaked windows and low visibility, and increase the chances of an accident. There are many inexpensive things you can do to protect your wiper blades and make them useful, even in the worst of winter storms.

Things You'll Need

  • Winter wiper blades
  • Winter windshield cleaner fluid
  • Deicer
  • Purchase a good quality set of winter-rated wiper blades. These units will come with a tough rubber boot, keeping more snow and ice out of the wiper assembly. Winter wiper blades are usually manufactured with top-quality metals that make them more durable in inclement weather.

  • Lift the wipers away from the windshield. This is the key step toward keeping the blades from freezing. The glass freezes quickly and the blade will stick to it.

  • Fill your windshield-cleaner fluid tank with a winter-rated fluid, which is typically orange. Antifreeze is added to the normal cleaner fluid so that it can handle the colder temperatures. When cleaning salt, snow and grime from your windshield, this solution will ensure that the blades won't freeze.

  • Spray deicer on the windshield and wiper blades if you've forgotten to lift the wiper arm away from the glass. This is the quickest way to detach a frozen blade from a windshield and will clear the windshield as well.