Windshield Blues


The first winter storm of the year has hit Southern Ontario. True to form, we’re experiencing a “wintery mix” of weather. It’s times like these that I start to think about windshields…frosts…scrapers…wipers…fluid, and all that. It’s the least wonderful time of the year.

Today, I’m thinking that the whole windshield wiping experience needs to be totally re-thought. Let’s take stock.

  • Besides gasoline, what’s #1 fluid you put into your vehicle? Correct! Wiper fluid.
  • Under what conditions do you normally have to fill up your wiper fluid? Windy? Slushy? Cold? All of the above.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 meaning easy and 10 meaning difficult, how would you rate the general filling experience, given that the hole you’re aiming for is 2 inches wide and the container you’re pouring from is poorly designed for tilting, and you’re wearing gloves, you’re dealing with a mildly toxic fluid, and you’re in a rush to get to work?

I don’t know what the solution is, but I’m thinking about it. Can we design a vehicle in such a way that I could buy a full wiper fluid jug, place under my hood and connect with minimal effort? Maybe the top of the tank could flip out and be a funnel? How about even designing a tank which holds a full jug’s worth of fluid, and then some?


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