November 14, 2002

Headlight Wipers

Category: Cars

A nice car: Little wipers on your headlights might be useful if you live in Antarctica or somewhere prone to massive and constant mud-storms, but honestly, they seem completely superfluous to me. I recall once asking an Audi dealer to justify them for me, and his surprised and unscripted response actually made me feel sorry for the guy: "ah.. yes, well, you see the diffraction of the light is often quite dispersed in rainy conditions... and..." Yeah, whatever. Useless. Headlight wipers are another silly gadget I'd gladly pay extra not to have.

Posted by Nick at November 14, 2002 7:00 PM


headlight wipers were only put on european cars because it was required by Road Safety Regulations in many european countries.

Posted by: Devo at February 11, 2003 9:04 PM

Headlight wipers aren't there to wipe away rain; they're there in conjunction with headlight *washers*, that spray the same blue stuff that you can spray onto your windshield -- to wipe away crud.

Especially in winter, enough grime can accumulate on the headlights to seriously cut the amount of light that comes out. Washing the headlights with the squeegee at a service station helps, but being able to clean the headlights while in the car and moving is definitely a better solution.

Posted by: Tino at February 14, 2003 3:18 AM

Okay, well looks like I'm in the minority about this one. Still, if there were a cost difference, I definitely wouldn't pay extra to have these! ;-)

Posted by: Nick at February 14, 2003 12:17 PM

I like the idea because I'm looking for a car for my mother. Pease do not send me any advertising, but I would like it if you sent me some car types that have headlight wipers. I thank you if you can do this for me.

Posted by: Aimee at July 18, 2003 8:04 AM

Range Rover headlight wiper replacements (after web search for deap dicount) w/ shipping:
$45.00 !!!!!

Gas station paper towel? Free
do the math.

Then again, if you can afford the RR you don't mind blowing $45 every couple years. Yeah right.

Posted by: gary at July 24, 2003 7:40 PM

I love headlamp wipers. They do a great thing and they look great too.

Posted by: erik kessler at February 12, 2004 2:45 AM