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If there is one thing that has become crystal clear in the past few months, it is that we are a divided nation. It has gotten to a point where everyone believes they are right about everything and is no longer willing to listen to what the other side has to say. Things can be heated. Angry tweets are sent.
We are, of course, talking about the position in which to place your windshield wipers when parking your vehicle before or during a storm.
A brief context:
We started running in February a weekend contribution to the position of the winter windscreen wipernoting that this problem has two sides, and then shared the attitude of Kevin Williams, a writer at Car bibles– who is firm against winter windshield wipers that stand attentively.
Fast forward to this week, though The drive (the place we saw Williams’ first shot) tried to end the wiper wars by interviewing Bentley engineers on the up and down debate. In short, according to experts, it doesn’t matter how you position your windshield wiper blades during a winter storm. Here’s why.
Why the position of the windshield wiper does not matter
Although you might expect auto professionals – in this case, engineers who design and test wiper blades – to have strong opinions on the matter, the ones The Drive spoke to at Bentley Not. In particular, her position was: “Anyway, mate, purely personal decision.”
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You can read Jonathon Klein’s article for the full details, however Here is his summary::
The gist of what they told us is that windshield wipers, their mechanisms, and everything related to the system itself are being tested for torture beyond what a consumer will ever experience in the real world. According to the Bentley guysThe brand’s windshield wipers first go through 10,000 cycles at -20 degrees, then are frozen on the windshield and then pulled off by hand. The mechanisms and windshield are covered in snow to ensure that the wipers and mechanism can withstand the weight of this rainfall.
They also test the rubber itself. To do this, they examine how it reacts to repeated icing, wind, rain, hail, sleet, as well as dust and dirt. If it fails at all during the process, they do a new iteration of the product. And as they pointed out, all of these steps are industry standards.
In other words, your car’s windshield wipers should be able to handle almost anything that could happen to them if your car is parked outside in winter weather – regardless of their location.