Why Don't Saloon Cars Have Rear Windscreen Wipers?

Bardas

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The shape( apparently) means that water should be blown off by swirling air....by the same process, that air will tend to lift the wipers and render them ineffective.

Yup, I googled it. :)
 
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The shape( apparently) means that water should be blown off by swirling air....by the same process, that air will tend to lift the wipers and render them ineffective.

Yup, I googled it. :)
Yeah I've read a similar thing, although not sure that self-drying thing really works.

Perhaps if you're doing a constant 70mph, fine, but as soon as you stop at the lights and the rain's wacking down, how am I supposed to see the bloke behind me picking his nose.

We can put a man on the moon but...
 

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Yeah I've read a similar thing, although not sure that self-drying thing really works.

Perhaps if you're doing a constant 70mph, fine, but as soon as you stop at the lights and the rain's wacking down, how am I supposed to see the bloke behind me picking his nose.

We can put a man on the moon but...

Yup...your comment interested me enough ( sad, but true!) to read a few comments after the article I came across......many people point out that a) some saloon cars DO have them..or have had them in the past and b) Reversing is a nightmare in some conditions.

The suspicion is that manufacturers are using the `airflow` theory as a cynical way to save money...
 

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I didn't have one on my Mazda 6 and it was a pain as it only really worked i.e. cleared when on the motorway.
 

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Borrowed my girlfriends Dad's MG a few months ago when I was between cars.

Spent about an hour looking for the rear wiper. Felt like a right tit when I realised it didn't exist.

Apparently the absence of one makes the car look nicer.

Didn't know it was a thing.
 
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