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"A thermostat triggers the blades to heat when the ambient temperature is around 35 degrees. The blade heats to between 70 and 90 degrees where it contacts the windshield, he added, thus melting away snow and ice — and also preventing snow and ice from building up on the blade while you drive through inclement weather."
Heated wipers melt winter off windshield (Detroit News)
After one web review panned the '14 Subaru Forester XT for getting stuck in the snow (its Bridgestone tires simply slid the XT off the icy test trail), I dumped its Bridgestones for Nokian WRG2's (WRG3's are better but are not available for XT's 18" wheels). During Portland OR's Feburary '14 blizzard, those tires let the XT get home, including climbing a 35 degree snow covered hill with no problems.
I got a set of those for both our cars. They make me overconfident in the '97 Outback. They are nice in the rain for the '99 Quest but didn't help the FWD van a whole lot in all our snow.
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