Ice build up sucks but a broken windshield is even worse.

That's the best reason to make sure you leave your windshield wipers down when we have bad weather.

The popular belief is "wiper blades are designed to catch wind to hold them tighter to the windshield. So if you leave them up—and they get blown down—it can crack your windshield." says Tim Islip in an interview with WNYC.

Islip also says "a wiper arm in the cold weather, can be like a hammer hitting the glass if it comes down quickly."

There are two schools of thought though on the wiper up or down debate.

Those in favor of the "wiper up" technique believe it alleviates some of the wear and tear the rubber could endure while being stuck to the window.

Which team are you on, wiper up or wiper down? Let us know!

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