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.

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