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    I found out something scary today while driving in the rain in the streets. Highway driving in the rain is a snap, but wow, when I hit those ponds in the streets! I don't understand how it happens, but when I hit water, water seems to get thrown forward, and then it arcs up and lands on the windshield, completely blinding me for a crucial two seconds. It looks like I cannot drive into a puddle at any speed above 5 MPH, even on a street limited at 40 MPH.

    Is it because the departure angle up front is so short, and thusly can't block the water shooting upward?

    Stephanie

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    I rarely have that problem but it does happen from time to time.

    Also, that would be the approach angle but we know what you mean. The departure angle is for the rear bumper.
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    Don't your roads have a crown to them? Try not to hit puddles head on. Do you have a monsoon season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigIslandV View Post
    Physics.
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    Shouldn't the engineers have said something when they noticed that on the test roads? Unless that was part of the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtsandman View Post
    I rarely have that problem but it does happen from time to time.

    Also, that would be the approach angle but we know what you mean. The departure angle is for the rear bumper.

    D'oh, the approach angle might be too short to block the water and keep it from getting air like that.

    And the roads have crowns, but we have poor drainage in the area, and the only solution is driving so that the lane stripe is down the middle of the vehicle, and that isn't legal here... We get a lot of rain down here sometimes.

    I've never had a vehicle that would do this. It might do it if I was making a fairly hard turn at a slightly fast speed, but nothing like going straight ahead, blocked off by vehicles to my side, and getting completely blinded even with wipers going as fast as they can.

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    Drive on the sidewalk then.
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    Yep... If you don't like my driving STAY OFF THE SIDEWALK.


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    Simple, if you know that your vehicle throws water over the windshield like that, switch the wipers to "High" pre-emptively.

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