Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 17:17:41 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Headlight Windshield Wipers

in article, John Evans at wrote on 02/12/2002 12:00: > "Mark Gerritsma" <magernopsam.nld> wrote in message > news:<asb919$q6h$>... >> "Susan Kamber" <kamber2000nopsamcom> schreef in bericht >> news:as8u10$sv5$ >>> What really is the point of windshield wipers on the headlights of >>> many Saabs. To me it just seems to be a gimmick. >> >> A German test of 2 years ago is your best answer. >> They have tested stray light from a headlamp and found that at 30% >> light extinction by dirt, oncomming traffic had the highest chance of >> being blinded. >> For cleaning a headlight they tested the two most common systems: >> washer only and a washer/wiper combo. According to the test the washer >> only system was only able to achieve a best result of 25% light >> extinction, while the combo system got to only 5% extinction. >> The combo system both cleans better and also makes it safer for >> oncomming traffic to encounter you, so the headlight wipers are >> certainly not a gimmick. > > Forgive me if I go off on a slight tangent (well this is Usenet) > > Since I've started driving a Saab (with washer/wiper headlight) I've > noticed that I am constantly getting flashed at night by other drivers > (common practice here in Ireland if you are approaching another driver > with your full beams on). > > I actually started to get paranoid about it and brought my car to my > dealer once specifically to check that my lights were correctly > aligned, and since have the beams checked every time I have a service > or am in the dealer for any reason. I've also had the beams checked as > part of the Irish National Car Test for cars over two years old. > > I still get flashed - the conclusion I've come to is that many drivers > here, in particular in country areas, have become used to the beams > from other cars being obscured by dirt. > > I also get flashed for having my lights on during the day, but thats a > whole other story.... Are you sure it's not just <flash>Phwar ... Nice car</flash> :) Paul 1985 900i 16V 1989 900 Turbo S

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