In 1917, the first windshield wiper powered by an electric motor became available, and strangely enough, was created by a dentist. During the mid-’30s, the first windshield washer system, the system that sprays window washer fluid at your windshield, was introduced. But it wasn’t until the late ’40s that he first combination windshield wiper and washer systems were being used.
In 1962, Bob Kearns invented the intermittent wiper with intervals and speeds that the driver could change, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How to choose new windshield wipers
Today’s windshield wipers have come a long way from the brushes of yesteryear. Modern models are designed to be easy to use, extremely effective, and help maintain clear vision while driving.
To ensure your safety on the road, you need to perform regular maintenance and inspection of your wiper blades, as that’s essential to the life of your windshield. Lift each wiper arm off the glass and run your finger along its rubber edge. If you find the rubber is rigid or chipped, or produces non-stop streaking, it’s time to replace your wipers. And it’s important to replace them in pairs, because if one is worn out, the other won’t be far behind.
Windshield wiper blades come in many sizes. To find out what size you need, look in your car’s owner’s manual, measure the blade, or go to the experienced staff at Milito’s Auto Repair for the proper fit. The good news is that a high price doesn’t always equate with high quality, and while prices vary greatly, most can be replaced for under $50.