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2020-06-27 04:30

Robin Classen

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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With most of South Africa experiencing extremely cold and wet weather conditions at the moment, the use of wiperblades and heaters are at an all time high.

For some or other reason, many people lose their ability to drive properly when the rain starts to fall and this unfortunately leads to accidents taking place.

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Sometimes the rain can get so bad that your lights aren't able to shine properly on the road and this can reduce your braking distance as well.

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Countries like Sweden and Canada experience copious amounts of snow every winter which can prove to be even worse than the heaviest of rain.

To solve this dilemma, some manufacturers installed a cool feature in their luxury models - headlight wiperblades.

When driving in wet conditions, a car's headlights can become susceptible to the accumulation of dirt over time and water evaporation which leaves behind a coating of dirty film.

BMW also had a function where a nozzle intergrated into the upper part of the front bumper sprayed windshield washer fluid onto the headlight cover.

This impacts headlight funtionality over time and can result in the the bulb itself shining weaker on the road, which reduces its shining distance.

Maybe you might have seen an old Alfa Romeo or BMW and thought it was the owner that tried their own modification on the car.

Below are cars that came out of the factory with headlight wiperblades:

1. Mercedes-Benz 500E

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

                                                                      Image: Daimler

2. Saab 9000

saab 9000

                                                                        Image: Net Car Show

3. Volvo V70 R

Volvo V70 R

                                                                          Image: Net Car Show

4. Mercedes-Benz SL500

mercedes-benz sl500

                                                                     Image: Youtube/Neighborhood car reviews

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