We’ve all lived it— a snowstorm is in the forecast, and you’re driving home the evening it’s supposed to hit. Parked cars in lots, driveways, and on streets have their windshield wipers left up in the vertical position. Wipers on other vehicles have been left in the normal “down” position. Some driveways have cars with all wipers left up. It may leave you wondering why some drivers do this while others don’t. We’re here to break down the two schools of thought and give you our two cents on the better option.
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Let’s make one thing clear: There is no clear consensus on which way is right or wrong. Each side has its reasons for thinking its method is correct—especially those in the Northeast who have plenty of experience with cold mornings and icy conditions. When you pass a house with two cars in the driveway, one with the windshield wipers up, and the other with the windshield wipers down, know that it is a house deeply divided. We say this in jest, but it’s somewhat true.
Let’s break down the reasons listed above to determine which perspective holds more weight. Both schools of thought have valid points. First, if you’ve ever had your windshield wiper blades freeze to your windshield, you know it can be challenging to unstick them. Second, wiper blades are somewhat fragile, and it would be a shame to damage them. Third, wiper blades should always be moved up and out of the way when clearing snow and ice from around and underneath them.
On the other hand, there’s the risk that the wiper will not stay locked in the upward position and slam back down onto the windshield. Although the wiper blade can be put in an upright position, a bump or gust of wind is usually enough for its tensioner spring to snap it quickly back down against the windshield. These tensioners are here for a good reason- they keep the wiper blades tight against the windshield while you’re driving down the road.
As temperatures drop, the rubber windshield wiper blade hardens. At the same time, the glass windshield also becomes more brittle in the colder temps. These two factors make for a deadly combination if the wiper slams down onto the windshield. There have been reports of this causing windshields to crack which requires a windshield replacement.
Here at Glass.com®, we believe that the risk of leaving your wiper blades up is not worth the convenience that it can provide. You might save your wiper blades, but you could destroy your windshield instead. To put it into perspective, a windshield wiper blade costs approximately $25 and takes about five minutes to replace. On the other hand, a windshield costs about $350 on average and can take several hours for a professional to replace.
We’re here to offer a third solution—one that uses techniques from each group. This method involves covering your windshield with a mat.
If you’re still not convinced that putting a mat between your wiper blades and the windshield is enough to save them from impending ice, you can protect the wiper blades with sleeves as an additional precaution. Wrap the wiper blade in a towel, slide it into an old cutoff shirt sleeve, or purchase a product meant for the purpose. This will help ensure that not only the blades don’t stick, but also that they stay clean of any snow and ice.
We hope that one day the windshield wiper “leaver-uppers” and “decidedly-downers” can come together in agreement that the Glass.com way is the superior way. In the meantime, if your windshield needs to be replaced this winter, use Glass.com to find an auto glass replacement specialist near you. Receive an instant quote and book online without ever picking up your phone.
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