Wednesday rant: Automatic windscreen wipers
So, whatís annoyed me this week? Automatic windscreen wipers of course. Itís at this point you may be asking ďIn what conceivable way can automatic windscreen wipers be annoying?Ē. Well, hear me out and Iíll try and explain exactly why Iíve included them in my Wednesday rant.
The job of automatic windscreen wipers is to provide a convenient, automatic way to keep your windshield clear in foul weather. Technically, the system sends out a beam of infrared light that detects when water droplets are on the windshield. This information is then reflected back and tells your car to activate the wipers. The system will even adjust your wiper speed and frequency dependant on the intensity of the water droplets. Thatís the science lesson over.
My rant isnít about the system as a whole as even I have to admit it does benefit me while Iím driving. I just have to turn them the system on and itís all taken care of. However, thereís two problems with this. The first problem is that when my windscreen is completely iced over, and youíve forgotten to turn the system off from the day before, the system ends up almost ripping the arms off of the windscreen wipers. The rubber makes this horrendous noise while it tries to swipe and you can almost smell the motor burning in trying to pull the blasted things across! The second issue I have with the system is that they never actually swipe when you want them to! So, Iíll be driving along on a rainy day and my screen is getting more and more covered in water. I can see less and less so I look to manually activate the wipers. However, just as Iím about to pull up on the stalk lever they decide to bloody swipe! Itís as if thereís some sort of mischievous goblin in the system that just sits there and waits for you to reach out for the lever and then beat you to it! It wins every time of course!
The problem with any automatic system in a car is that youíll inevitably leave it on. You donít think to yourself, ďitís raining so Iíll initiate the automatic wipersĒ. No, you leave it on the whole time. So thatís why youíll be driving along on a perfectly dry day and suddenly theyíll be a little glitch in the system (ie a fly has grazed the sensor) and all of a sudden the wipers will suddenly activate and emit the sound of dry wiper blades rubbing against a dry windscreen - irksome!
Ok, I know weíd rather all have automatic windscreen wipers than not have them at all but sometimes they system just irritate the hell out of me. Rant over.