Here in northern California, the rainy season has begun. A great trick for drivers that I picked up from my Seattle-living days is putting Rain-X on the windshield. Cheezy 50's name aside, this stuff works.
It practically makes your windshield wipers irrelevant. Really. The organic compounds in it create a barrier on the windshield and the rain drops literally fly off. There's no more sheeting action across your windshield, and the drops bead up and roll away.
Follow the directions, apply according to the directions, and see how much longer your windshield wipers last!