When it snows some people say it's best to leave your wipers up to avoid them getting stuck in the snow and ice, other sources disagree with this idea.

According to the farmer's almanac, this debate has been going on for some time with both camps claiming to have the right answer about your windshield wipers.

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There are plenty of reasons why both parties are right making it clear that there are no right answers over something so small.

Why You Should Lift Your Wipers

Most sources give three reasons to leave them up

  1. Prevents damage to the wiper motor, should you turn on the ignition and have accidentally left the wipers on (and they’re frozen to the windshield).
  2. Prevents damaging the rubber, when you have to chisel them away from the windshield.
  3. Makes clearing away snow and ice from the windshield easier.

Simple enough, and has very good points.

Why You Shouldn't Lift Your Wipers

Those who disagree with those points also raise three reasons as well.

  1. Prevents damaging the springs inside the blade arm.
  2. Discourages vandalism and wiper breaking.
  3. A non-issue because the defroster releases frozen blades.

Those are also fair points.

What Do You Do

All those points have been debated and 'debunked' by some. Over all I still lift my wipers up to speed up my leave time. Sure you can use a defroster to unstick your wipers, but that takes time!

Let us know what you go to when it snows. Do you leave the wipers up, or do you prefer to leave them down?

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