KingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10 Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4096 times:
Having been here in Rochester, NY for a little over a year, I've noticed that in the public transportation system (RTS) there are some buses which are much newer than others. The newest buses seem to be Gillig Advantage buses:
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Notice on the window at the front of the bus, in front of the driver and adjacent to the windshield, there's a wiper on it! Do they really need an entire wiper mechanism to cover that little bit of space? It just seems like a waste of money in terms of design and potential maintenance.
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CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6071 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4090 times:
Quoting KingFriday013 (Thread starter): Do they really need an entire wiper mechanism to cover that little bit of space? It just seems like a waste of money in terms of design and potential maintenance.
Presumably it's there to improve the drivers vision and situation awareness. Unlike a car, they don't have the benefit of a rear view mirror, so they have to be using the side-mirrors to see what is coming up behind them. And if a window is covered in raindrops, it can be bloody difficult to get a good look.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4033 times:
I don't know a lot about buses, but I'd say that since those buses travel primarily in areas where they're making a lot of turns and driving at low speed, and given that water droplets from rain and spray can stagnate pretty easily on that flat piece of glass, they'd want a mechanism to keep those windows clear.
If I had to guess, that little wiper probably came from driver/operator feedback.