Research internationally shows that windscreen wipers are an often overlooked aspect of motor vehicle maintenance, especially in climates with seemingly endless hot and humid days.
While necessity might be the mother of invention, the nonchalance displayed by the two in the video above leads us to think that perhaps this is a technique they’ve used before, as it requires a little more than just tying a string to the windscreen wiper blades.
Filmed in Kamphaeng Phet in the lower north of Thailand, renowned locally for Kluai khai, a small, round, sweet banana, climate data shows the region receives an average of 1,304.6mm (51.365 inches) of rain a year, most of it between the months of May through to October when it receives some 88 per cent of the annual total. So a region where windscreen wipers could be required for about a half a year.
While it won’t get your vehicle approved at the inspection pit, this Thai windscreen wiper hack might be enough to get you home, or for vehicles that aren’t used in the rain very often and where law enforcement is patchy.
Then again, there’s a reason why Thailand leads the world in fatal motor vehicles crashes and poor motor vehicle maintenance is one of the main reasons.