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Trico Blades – Summer v Winter: Why Change?

January 15, 2020

As diverse and vibrant a climate Australia has, there’s one area where our climate perhaps doesn’t affect. A need to change wiper blades for the season.

Our Australian market offers up different mounting points, different lengths, and different materials for the wiper blades themselves. In overseas markets that are more prone to warm to hot summers, and six months later blizzards, there are different weights to the blades.

There’s a great and simple reason for that. Summer rain, yes, can be heavy but it’s less frequent than the need to wipe away a coating of snow from the windscreen. Cold temperatures can also make some compounds hard and brittle, so here there is an additive to minimize this. What’s more, that compound also minimises the blade sticking to the glass and potentially fracturing the blade when first moved.

In areas of Australia such as “the far north” where there are effectively only two seasons, the wet or the dry, this line of thinking could be applied.

A lighter blade for the dry season could be installed, whilst during thundering rains of the wet, a heavier blade assembly would be better suited.

Head south to the Australian Alps and here the same could work. Summer blades for the wide brown land, heavy blades for when the temperature goes below zero and it’s a great white playground.

Check out Trico’s vast range of wiper blades and associated products at tricoproducts.com.au.

If you have changed wiper blades recently and live in areas such as Australia’s north, or our beautiful snow fields, we’d love to hear which style you had and went to. Let us know via our blog’s comments and feedback section.