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Mild weather raises questions
Written by Sarah Minges   
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:12 PM

With the recent mildly inclement weather, I have noticed a few things.

For starters, why does my rear windshield defroster always defrost quicker than the front windshield defroster?

The last time I checked, I don’t make a habit of driving in reverse often.  Especially in high speed situations like the highway.  I don’t know what the top speed of my car is in reverse, but I know it isn’t 65 m.p.h.

When I grow up, I may invent a car with an effective front windshield defroster.

Mostly because I dislike scraping a windshield clean.

After all, if it is too cold for a clear windshield, it is clearly too cold to be outside manually cleaning that same windshield.

The other thing I have noticed is also windshield related.

After all, I spend a lot of time looking out my windshield.  It was only a matter of time before I began to question that perspective.

Why, when my windshield wipers start to wear out, do they first wear out in the middle of the blade?

Therefore, they clean most of the windshield effectively except for the area in my direct line of sight.

I just spent precious time in the cold scrapping the windshield to give the defroster a jump start, only to have the windshield wipers blur my field of vision.

And it doesn’t matter how much windshield wiper fluid I use either, that stripe of dirt will hold tight and taunt me.  “What are you looking at?” It says.  I am looking at you, and don’t take it personally but I would much rather be looking at the roadway!

I should be thankful for the dirt smudge.  It is an early indicator that it is time to get a new windshield wiper.

Recently, as I was driving in the rain, the flexible rubber part of the blade detached itself from the rest of the wiper, rendering the wiper unusable. That is when panic sets in.  Through the precipitation and the street splatter other vehicles are kicking up on my windshield, well, suddenly the dirt smudge didn’t seem so bad.

“Take that for perspective,” the broken wiper blade says.

It was at that moment I pulled into a venue that was sure to sell wiper blades and the crisis would soon be over.  It was also at that moment I realized I needed less snarky wiper blades and dirt smudges in my life.

One crisis at a time.  Ensuring clean windshields first, eradicating snark second.  It was going to be a long, rainy day.

Staff Reporter Sarah Minges is a graduate of Harrison High School and Miami University, Oxford.