The researcher found that in most cases and situations, the heated wiper blades are an improvement over unheated blades. The greatest improvement is evident when conditions are worst, such as when plowing slush.
Through interviews with snow plow operators and equipment vendors, the researcher found several items that would improve operator safety. In addition to heated windshield wipers, the researcher recommended the consideration of a heated mirror and power window on the passenger side of the truck, and defrost air dehydration or air conditioning in snow removal equipment. The panel felt that operators will definitely benefit from having these equipment items available when plowing snow.