Stop Putting Your Windshield Wipers Up in Winter Weather



How many times have you heard of an impending snow and/or ice storm and then noticed that the windshield wipers on your neighbors’ cars are standing at attention? The belief is that positioning your wipers so they stick up in the air will prevent them from freezing to the windshield. While that’s understandable, the practice actually causes more harm than good. Windshield arms are designed to push the wipers against the windshield because of wind coming from the front of the vehicle. When the arms are stored up, they’re subject to wind and forces they weren’t designed for. That puts them at risk of damaging the gearing, which is often made of shockingly brittle plastic that holds the wiper blades and arms securely to the windshield. If your windshield wipers chatter, this may be why. Wind, especially during a snowstorm, can be incredibly strong and can blow the rubber off the windshield wiper blade. Then, the wind blows down the windshield wiper arm, slamming it into the windshield, cracking or shattering it. So, while putting your windshield wipers up in winter weather might save you a few minutes of having to free them from being frozen to your windshield, it’s probably not the best idea in the long run. What you can do, however, is cover the blades in Saran Wrap. In the morning, just pull the Saran Wrap off and you're ready to go.