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What to do when Windshield Wipers Stop Working in a Storm

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Windshield wipers are some of the most necessary and least appreciated parts of any vehicle. While we pretty much take them for granted most of the time, when they suddenly no longer work, we realize just how vital they are. These small and insignificant rubber blades clean the windshield, and keep the raindrops and snow from obscuring our view. Without them, driving would be virtually impossible.

If your windshield wipers suddenly decide to stop working, the worst possible moment is, of course, when you need them most, during a storm. It takes only seconds before a windshield that is without wipers becomes either covered with snow, or drenched in rain. Either way, visibility is nearly impossible, especially at night.

During the day, it may be possible to see where you are going without the wipers for a brief period of time. If you are in the middle of a snowstorm, turn the defroster on full to help melt away the snow. While it is never safe or sometimes even possible,  to travel too far without the benefit of windshield wipers, this may give you enough visibility to find a safe place to pull over. If necessary, put the driver’s window down to help you determine where you are going. While this isn’t pleasant in a storm, your goal at this point is to get off the road. When it is safe, and you can find a place to park, pull the car over to the side of the road to wait out the storm. Turn on your emergency flashers, and remain in the car until the worst of the storm has passed.

It may very well be that the problem is a simple one, and will take only a minor adjustment, however, unless you are qualified to fix these problems, you will need to find a service garage or car parts store as soon as possible. Parts stores, not only sell replacement wiper blades, they will install them for you if asked, and they may have some idea as to why yours failed.

Whatever you do, once the storm is over, do not put off having the windshield wipers repaired. Visibility is the most important aspect of driving. Even if a small nudge has caused them to start working again, something caused them to fail once, and they will undoubtedly do it again, and at the most inconvenient moment.

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