Believe it or not, under certain circumstances, the very windshield wipers that are in place to protect you by ensuring your visibility can actually hurt you by impairing it. Worn-out, damaged, or improperly installed/maintained windshield wipers can scratch your windshield, which will affect your ability to see out of it properly and, depending on how long it takes you to notice the scratches, will require anything from a small windshield repair to a total windshield replacement.
Did you ever notice how, when certain unfortunate things happen, everyone around you suddenly becomes an “expert” on the matter? Take your recent windshield damage for example: When your family, friends, co-workers, and other associates heard about it, a few of them probably gave you unsolicited advice or shared some type of story about someone else’s windshield repair experiences.
Maybe your uncle told you not to report it to your insurance company because your rates would go up. Maybe your coworker praised some do-it-yourself product that her boyfriend’s brother used, or perhaps the gas station attendant said that he’s seen plenty of people driving cars with worse windshields.