A Moncton man has made icy New Brunswick winters work for him by inventing polyester sleeves that protect windshield wipers from damage during freezing rain and snow.

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Jim White demonstrates his windshield wiper protectors. ((CBC))

Jim White's "Winter Shield" wiper protectors are being manufactured in China and sold at Canadian Tire stores across Canada.

White, a retired police officer, came up with the idea after he ruined a brand new pair of wiper blades a few years ago. They were stuck to the windshield and his scraper wrecked them.

He said the traditional remedy — pulling the car's wipers off the glass — can cause stress on the wiper mechanism and makes the car a target for vandals.

Besides protecting the wipers from damage, the sleeves leave a clear spot on the windshield to start scraping the rest of the ice and snow, White said.

"My problem's solved and hopefully a lot of other people's problem will be solved too," he said. "It's not a garage but it certainly helps and wiper blades aren't cheap to replace."

Richard Reid, auto parts manager at a Canadian Tire in Moncton, said the product is selling well, "especially for the weather over the past couple of days you know — it's been freezing rain and rain and snow — and the windshield wipers work terrible. And if you use these new covers, you don't have that problem in the morning."

The protectors cost $8 for a package of two.