Living in Toronto, I prepare for a few snowy, icy and slushy months every year, starting December (or even earlier – we’ll see what global warming will do for us here). With this thought in mind, in one of my visits at the Toronto Auto Show I looked closer to these undesirable but necessary additions to our cars. Why undesirable? Because they wear out and need to be replaced, freeze on the windshield, may even break apart, sometimes scratch the glass and, for those looking at performance aspects, they create drag (let’s remember that the wipers well is a high pressure area, which makes it ideal for interior ventilation’s intake location).
Removing the ice and snow from the wipers and from their well is not always easy and I found solutions that make it even more frustrating: the wiper arms lift just enough to clean the glass under the blades, but they do not lock momentarily in that position, which means one needs to lift the wiper and hold it up with one hand and scrape the glass with the other…and that while being bent over the hood.
Just to make my observations even more isolated, while being at the Auto Show I could not share my comments with anyone, as there was no interest for such design glitches, which will turn against you when you need comfort and have the least available time.
My quest was simple: to find which car is prepared to make your morning de-icing job easier and allow the wipers to be lifted off the windshield, enough for you to clean that area.