Wiper blades are key! However, they aren't meant to last forever. Most experts agree that they should be changed at least twice a year, or every 6,000 miles. On average, drivers change their wiper blades only once every three years. As a result, those blades become dry, cracked and frayed, which prevents it from suitably clearing the rain from your windshield.
The rubber blade of the wiper is replaceable in either rubber refills or complete blade assembly. Most drivers are capable of replacing the wiper blade their selves by simply following the directions on the package.
Tires and their tread are also critical. Wet-traction handling and we-braking distance is key. You should take the time to compare tires and their results in slippery weather conditions. You can find additional tire care and consumer safety information by visiting the Department of Transportation (www.dot.gov
) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.dot.gov
According to weather.com, a good rain repellant will help give you a clear view of the road ahead. It is sprayed on your windshield before driving, providing an invisible film to repel rain from your window. The most popular brand is Rain-X, but other good alternatives are Amsoil Rain Clear Windshield Protectant and Aquapel Glass Treatment from Automotive International.
Another rain accessory suggested are WeatherFlectors. It's "made of lightly tinted cast acrylic, the product installs inside the top of the window channel using a precision-machined, micro-thin mounting flange. On rainy days you can partially open your window without getting soaked, allowing an added bit of ventilation to remove stale or smoky air. Expect to spend about $80."