Sunday, November 29, 2009

Windshield Wiper Adventures

Today we were driving home from Louisville when it started to rain. I turned on the windshield wipers and, much to my dismay, one was missing! Where exactly a windshield wiper goes I have no idea, but it was definitely not on my car! We got off at the next exit and stopped at a gas station. They didn’t have windshield wipers but they directed us to an auto parts store around the corner. Closed. We tried another gas station and they sent us to another auto parts store around the corner the other way, but they were also closed. We tried to think where else we could find a windshield wiper in a small town on Sunday afternoon and decided to call Google(1) to find out if there was a Sears or Walmart nearby. Of course there was nothing right there.

We switched the right windshield wiper to the left side so the driver could at least see straight ahead and pulled the right wiper arm so it was sticking out away from the windshield. That was pretty funny looking and we could certainly laugh at the idea of driving down the highway like that, but decided it was probably not the best option. Dave asked if we had any tape in the car to cover up the end of the wiper arm so it could go without scratching the windshield. I fished around in the glove compartment and didn’t find any tape but did find a first aid kit with one regular band-aid and one square band-aid. That should do it! I wrapped the square band-aid around the end of the wiper arm, but it didn’t quite go all the way around. I used the regular band-aid on the end to help hold the first one in place and to add a little extra cushion. Perfect! It looked like an amputated limb going back and forth, but it got us another 15 miles down the highway until we could stop.

1. I love that service and have used it WAY more than I ever thought I would. When I first heard about it, people were talking about it as a way to save money when calling for directory assistance. I thought that was silly because I never spend money calling information. Besides, I thought, I always look up what I need online before I leave. Until I realized that I can call when I’m out and about and need to find something nearby. Now I use it all the time. Just call 1-800-GOOG-411.


JPost said...

And the nice thing about Goog-411 is they connect you for free! It's an 800 number, which is free to begin with, but a free connection too is cool. If, for some reason, I wanted to call across the country to a business, I could do it for the "price" of an 800 call (I realize a cell phone could be charged minutes, but oh well).

James said...

Sounds like someone probably stole your wiper. I'm hoping you didn't end up with any scratches on your windshield - sounds like you had a pretty good improvisation plan, at least!

I enjoyed the photo with the band aids. Mind if I blog about your adventure on my corporate blog with that photo? We like sharing stories like yours (we're all about auto glass). Thanks in advance!

Sarah Halter said...

Sure, James, that would be fine.

I did wonder if it had been stolen. I couldn't remember the last time I'd used them.

Would I be able to tell myself if the glass was scratched? I looked closely and ran my finger over the area and didn't see or feel anything.

James said...

If you haven't noticed it by now, you're good to go. Typically when we see complaints about scratches, people find them very distracting, especially when the sun is low on the horizon. The glare makes the glass hard to see through.