Status: 01.12.2023, 04:47 a.m.
By: Patrick Huljina
In winter, frozen windshield wipers are an often underestimated problem for drivers. A simple trick can be helpful, but the ADAC advises against it.
Kassel - Winter has broken over Germany in the past few days. In many parts of the country, slippery roads, frost and snow dominate road traffic – including in northern Hesse. Temperatures sometimes drop well below freezing at night. If you park your car outside, you can't avoid scratching the windshield in the morning. However, another problem is often overlooked: windshield wipers that are frozen to the windshield. But even a little trick is supposed to help.
Frozen windshield wipers: damage to wiper blades possible
If a driver forgets to remove the windshield wipers from the windshield in the hectic morning rush, damage can quickly occur. When the wiper system is switched on, for example, the sensitive rubber lips can be affected. The same threatens if the frozen windshield wipers are torn off the windshield by force.
Similar to fogged-up car letters in winter, this causes frustration for drivers. This is because the resulting damage to the rubber lips subsequently achieves poorer wiping results. As a result, drivers have to change their windscreen wipers so that visibility is not further restricted in winter conditions. Worn windshield wipers are more likely to leave streaks than to provide a clear view.
Cardboard and cardboard are supposed to help against frozen windshield wipers
In order to get through autumn and winter safely as a driver, there are numerous tips and life hacks on the Internet that are intended to prevent frozen windshield wipers. Several portals, including the consumer portal Chip and the car magazine Autobild, refer to the Auto Club Europe and advise a simple trick. According to this, even a piece of cardboard or cardboard should prevent the wiper blades from freezing. To do this, it is best to clamp the box between the windshield wiper and the windshield the evening before.
A simple trick is supposed to provide a remedy against frozen windshield wipers. (Symbolic image) © IMAGO/rtbilder/agefotostock
ADAC experts warn: Paper and cardboard "not recommended"
But other experts warn against the simple tool. The General German Automobile Club (ADAC) says that paper and cardboard are "not recommended". The materials also soak up water and can freeze solid. The simple trick is therefore more of an emergency and not an optimal solution.
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Instead, the ADAC recommends commercially available windscreen covers with aluminum foil. These are now available in many places. "Alternatively, brochure covers under the wipers or windshield wiper covers from the car wash also provide a remedy," the traffic club continues. If you don't have a cover at hand, you can simply fold the wipers off the windscreen, according to the ADAC. Depending on the car model, the windshield wipers must be serviced for this purpose.
Snow and flash ice are currently causing chaos on German roads. This is a major challenge for motorists, especially because winter service is on strike in three federal states. (ph)
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