Edited by tomfifield - 2/5/14 at 9:53am
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Edited by tomfifield - 2/5/14 at 9:53am
Hmmmm..... how about a different point of view:
Starting your car and letting it warm up in order to clear your windshield = a wasteful and obnoxious idea.
Where I ski the parking lot is as much a social center as it is a parking lot. After a day on the slopes lots of peeps like to hang, talk, play with their dogs, grill some vittles and all sorts of things. It's a real bummer when starts their vehicle then lets it sit there and spew smog for several minutes. One of the things I appreciate about the mountains is lack of smog.
The advantage that I appreciate about having the wipers away from the windshield after a snowy day on the hill is I can use my snow scraper aggressively, right down to the hood without no worries about smacking the wipers.
For me this happens mainly in Colorado so the problem is much more often a lot of fluffy snow covering the car. In the event of an ice storm I find it to be even more advantageous as it's much easier to de-ice the wipers by slapping them a couple of times on the freshly cleaned windshield than it is to carefully scrape around them.
Just my $.02
Leaving the wipers up keeps them from freezing to the glass, which can easily damage the edge when you pull them off, or wreck your wiper motor if you accidentally start the car with the wipers left on. In case I forget and find my wipers frozen down, I keep a small squeeze bottle of ice-melting wiper fluid in the car. Squirt that along the edge of the blade, wait a minute, and the wiper comes free.
I've never seen a wind that would blow the wipers right off a car.
You serious? How can Ice form all around the blade when it's not on the window? Ice won't form on the blade as the blade will be cold and not melt the snow to form water/ice.
If the wind blows your wipers off, it's likely too windy to ski.
Most storms here involve some freezing rain. The thick frozen glop makes it impossible to clear a windshield if the wipers are frozen into the glop. Yes raising them prevents them from being destroyed, but it also makes clearing the windshield a whole lot easier.
Just park in a garage! Then you don't have to worry about any of this.
I have had wipers blow off. But these were defective wipers that I ended up taping in place until I could get new wipers.
I have had old wipers stick to the glass and tear apart when I turned them on - but those were in the very hot desert and had been baking into the glass for quite a while.
Lifting the wipers is critical - in very isolated weather conditions. Your wipers will probably survive if you forget - most of the time.
Some people are just too anal about things. Always lift the wipers! Never lift the wipers! Just go ski.
I honestly glazed over the part about wiper blades being blown off....I ski at the same place. I have never seen this happen. Even on days were i have been stuck on the lift for 20 minutes due to high winds, even at night during windy storms. The instances of something like this occuring seem rare to non-existant.
As an employee at Stowe, if I were to start my car then leave it idling while I scraped my windows, I could be fired. Idling your car is against mountain policy, and is enforced by termination. So my wipers go up.
You must have been skiing for a few years! Even if you average 100 days per season, it takes ten years to ski 1,000 days. Thousands, plural, then implies at least 20 years of skiing, averaging 100 days per season. For most of us, 2,000 days is 40 years or more.
You are one lucky man! It's too bad you have to ski at an area where the wipers blow off of the cars if they're pulled off the windshield. It's hard to believe those same wipers can stay attached while the car is being driven at 70 mph, even if they are against the glass.
I've never had any problem losing my wipers while they were standing up off the windshield, and I don't let my gas hog V8 sit there and idle long enough to melt the ice on the outside of the glass, so I'll keep standing them up. And I ain't skied no "thousands" of days, neither, so it just shows I'm iggorant and don't know nothin' 'bout them there mountains.
Policy for mountain employees, regardless of the vehicle driven.
Ya know, I used to feel bad for the less fortunate among us, but the notion of living somewhere where windshield wipers are routinely blown off innocently parked cars is a new horror of which I just cannot conceive! Consider my dreams haunted!
If there's freezing rain it would freeze all over the wipers if they're lifted up. Of course, if there's freezing rain and they're NOT lifted up they'd be welded to the windshield... which is even worse IMO. If it's regular old snow you won't get ice on the blades if they're lifted up.
You must be really slow at scraping your windows if all the ice on your windshield has melted before you have finished the sides. Jeez, you'd think someone so savvy would be faster!
I've never even heard of a wiper blade blowing off in high winds. I have had my wiper blades get frozen hard to the bottom of the windshield, which is a huge pain to chip away without ruining the blades. Or you have to wait for the heater to thaw them. (My Impreza actually has heating elements in that part of the glass as part of its deicer, which is pretty clutch. But on my old car it took forever if there was a lot of ice buildup.)
I used to lift my wiper blades but had a heavy snowfall turn the arm on the stationary post--so that the arms didn't line up properly. (Easy enough to fix--spring-loaded ratchet. Haven't everhad the blades freeze to the windows so that I couldn't get them off easily--but then I ski in California. I hate people who leave their engines running when I'm trying to breathe, which is most of the time. If you have to play Freebird at full volume with the doors all open at least do it with the engine off. You won't kill your battery.