Despite being such an easily overlooked safety feature, buying the right type of windshield wiper for your car is something that every car buyer needs to do with some regularity. It’s quite easy to simply go to your local auto parts store, pick out any model of windshield wiper that fits with your car, and walk away not thinking much of it. However, windshield wiper technology has vastly improved the quality and life of most wipers on the market, with some wipers possessing unique and proprietary traits that could very easily change the way you think about your next wiper blade purchase. Many buyer’s guides will talk you through a lot of technical details that you don’t need to know or may not even understand. Here, we’ll break down the basic functions and operations of the blade to help you make you purchase.