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February 2nd is National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready for a change because it's National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day!  Clear up your field of vision today so that you can drive safely.  Let's get right into celebrating National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

While there's no real reason for this day to be chosen, it is recommended that you change your windshield wipers once a year. So if you set this day aside to change your windshield wipers, then you'll never forget and you'll have a fresh set on your car every year!  It's funny to think that this invention started out as a manual wiper that you worked with a lever inside your vehicle. This early version was created by Mary Anderson in 1903. And there were of course many different versions modeled after her idea. James Henry Apjohn even made a set of "wipers" that were brushes that went up and down, the same year that Mary got her patent.  Fast forward to 1922, the year that William M. Folberth is awarded with his patent for vaccuum-powered, automatic windshield wipers. This was the first version of automatic wipers and it was used up until the 1960s. And in the 1950s they added the feature where your wipers would automatically turn on if you pushed the windshield washer button. Handy isn't it?
 
But Robert Kearns felt the need to update this version in 1963. You see, Robert had almost lost all his vision in his left eye when a champagne cork hit it on his wedding night almost a decade earlier. He was driving and noticed how much the wipers interfered with his already poor vision.  He realized that our eyes had their own "wipers" which wipe our eyes every few seconds, so he wanted to model his wipers after our eyelids. What he came up with were the first intermittent wipers that we're use to today.  Without windshield wipers it would be hard to travel in the snow, rain or even if the roads are wet and you're following someone on the highway. Windshield wipers keep your view clear so that you can travel safely, so make sure they're working properly!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, it's simple... get a new set of windshield wipers!  Go to the nearest store with an automotive section and start browsing the wipers they have.  You may need to ask someone if they'll fit your vehicle, because they come in a lot of different sizes. 

It's sometimes easier in that regard to buy your wipers online because some stores will allow you to enter in what vehicle you want to put them on to ensure that they'll fit.  Plus you can read reviews to see how well the wipers really work.  You don't want to be putting on a pair that will fall apart or not wipe your windshield completely!  Then all you have to do is pull your old wipers away from your windshield, reach under and press the little release button where it attaches to the arm, and then pull it down so that it slides out of the U shape of the arm.  Then just pop your new ones on and you're set!  I really hope that the weather is nice where you're at today, but if not... these new wipers will help!





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