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Pugpal

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:19:58 PM

As a long time (almost 40 years) user of rain repellant, I rarely, if ever, use my wipers, even during nighttime monsoons on a dark road. It has been my experience that at 50-60 mph, repellant is better than any wiper and a heck of a lot less distracting.

To be sure, there are downsides to rain repellant. It doesn't work unless you have 40 mph of airspeed on the windshield. It ablates, so you have to make sure it is refreshed prior to a heavy downpour. It can deceive you at night, at the onset of rain, because you won't notice the rain on your windshield until the road becomes good and wet - which may be too late to throttle back on the speed. You have to buy the stuff and put it on.

That said, I get queasy thinking about a car that turns its wipers on anytime it detects rain. Are drivers these days assumed to be potted plants? Can they exercise any meaningful discretion on anything these days?
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keriazy4
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:52:15 PM

wipers
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 2:07:27 PM

Had rain sensing automatic wipers on a 2001 and I didn't like them......seemed like there was no correlation between the amount of rain and the wiper speed. Maybe newer ones are better.
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:10:24 AM

Both (rainx)
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LKnight598
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 12:40:35 AM

Think you just about have to use wipers, but I use repellant too.
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dieharder
Sophomore Author Ottawa

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 8:30:39 AM

I don't really know how to take this question. If someone finds windshield wipers distracting, then I think driving just really isn't for them...
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FieroGT
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 7:22:47 AM

I don't even know what a rain repellent is. Is there a snow repellent too>
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Quick68
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:05:32 AM

Both.
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DanFMA
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:28:13 AM

Wipers.
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jessjames
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:26:04 AM

Wipers
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bearone2
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:01:12 AM

auto
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daddymopar
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 2:10:24 AM

I use both, seems to help in all weather trends. Besides, if a few bucks helps ensure I can see through anything what do I care.
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Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 3:18:14 PM

I don't like automatic wipers. They generally wipe too fast.
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:33:38 PM

Rain ?............What is Rain ?
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:17:31 PM

I use Rain-X and have never encountered your problem Grunpycat.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:15:02 PM

I have used RainX for years and liked the effect. It is especially useful at night with pitted and scratched windshields. I dislike the labor involved and now with a new Rainx additive to wind shield wash that problem is gone! I have never had any automatic windshield wipers but expect them on the next car as Massachusetts mandates wipers and lights on in rainy weather. Probably both will come on with the first drops.
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:55:54 PM

I dislike Rain-X because when wipers wipe over a Rain-X treated windshield a coating of fog is left behind.

Wipers can not remove all water. What they do is leave a very thin layer of water on the glass which is flat and functions as a zero power lens, very easy to see through with no distortion. When that very thin layer can not wet the Rain-X treated glass it forms into beads. Very small beads. Otherwise known as fog. This fog usually clears in a second or so but its still there and annoying. Plus 1 second is a significant percentage of the time before the next wipe.

Pugpal lacks the imagination to grasp the benefits of automatic wipers. The issue is not whether/when to turn on the wipers, but for dynamic control of the intermittent wiper interval for misting conditions.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:30:25 PM

I still have manual control over my wipers, and plan on keeping it that way
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:02:04 PM

Vehicle manufacture are trying to take all the thought process out of friving. I like the automatic headlights, but I do not need the rest. TPMS is OK if you run over something and the tire deflates while driving. I do not need auto windshield wipers. I like the option to use them when i need them. I do use Rain X and like it.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:05:49 AM

Both.
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bearone2
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:45:02 AM

auto
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:36:41 AM

I will still use my wipers
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Maintroll
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:00:06 AM

I have been driving well over 50 years using my wipers and I think I will finish out using them.
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jes
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:44:00 AM

Look at the vehicles that now have 'parking assist' to parallel park.
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