Do you really need to put your windshield wipers up in the snow?

We see it every snow storm. Every time you make a last minute trip to the grocery store when a big snow storm is coming, the lot is lined with cars with their windshield wipers sticking straight up into the sky. You think to yourself, should I be doing that?

Not necessarily, but it’s not a bad idea. AAA has commented that it sees no measurable benefit from raising your wipers during snowfall. Most people that lift their windshield wipers simply feel that it makes snow removal easier, while also helping to prevent their wipers from sticking to their windshield.

Others think that you could throw your defroster on while you clear off your windows, but both methods are effective. Putting your windshield wipers up is also helpful if you left your wipers on before you last stopped your car. Putting them up can help remind you to shut them off before you start up your car. Leaving the wipers buried in snow and turning them on suddenly can be seriously damaging to the mechanism.

However, you may not want to leave them up if you are going to be away from your car for over a day, because they could get damaged blowing around in heavy winds. But overall, there aren’t any serious cons. You can feel free to join the rest of the parking lot and point your windshields up into the air.


Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.


Do I Need to Get my Windshield Replaced?

Many times, one of the first things our customers ask is if they need to get their windshield completely replaced. The short answer is, many of them do not. Minor windshield damage does not always call for a full replacement. In cases where a windshield only has small chips and cracks, we can actually repair your windshield, instead of replace it. Generally, we can fix chips that are smaller than a quarter, and cracks that are shorter than the length of a dollar bill. However, it is up to the discretion of our auto glass specialists whether the repair will fit within our safety specifications.

Another reason we may have to replace your windshield is if the windshield damage is in the direct view of the driver. If the damage is minor and out of the way of the driver’s vision, we can probably repair your windshield damage, saving you time and money. For more information on our windshield repair services, call us at 800-900-1505 or contact us online.