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Skeptic 29 March 2014 01:04 AM

Touching a windscreen prevents stone damage
 
There's a long held belief that putting your finger on the inside of your windscreen when passing cars on a gravel road will prevent damage to the screen by absorbing the shock of any stones hitting it. I've never believed this, as surely the soft rubber seal that holds the screen in place would also help.

But it would be difficult to test also. I've seen this many times in Ireland, and have heard about it in the UK as well.

Anywhere else this might be the case.

Singing in the Drizzle 29 March 2014 01:38 AM

May be because you are driving slower as you reach up to touch the window (windscreen).

Beachlife! 29 March 2014 01:46 AM

I had an Aussie tell me this 30 years ago. I didn't believe it then and i have never heard any evidence to support it.

erwins 29 March 2014 02:21 AM

It also repels tigers.

RichardM 29 March 2014 03:11 PM

Only in north America. And it doesn't work on elephants.

Skeptic 29 March 2014 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Singing in the Drizzle (Post 1812160)
May be because you are driving slower as you reach up to touch the window (windscreen).

Why would you need to touch the windscreen to slow down.

But usually it's the passenger that does it. There's a sort of expectation of it.

RichardM 29 March 2014 10:45 PM

When you slow down quickly enough from high enough speed, the passenger may touch the windshield despite the seat belts. :)

Skeptic 29 March 2014 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichardM (Post 1812270)
When you slow down quickly enough from high enough speed, the passenger may touch the windshield despite the seat belts. :)

I'm trying to work out if your serious, but I'm leaning towards comedy. There's no slowing down involved.

Other than Ireland where it is very common, and the afore-mentioned Australia, (where I have never heard it), does this claim exist anywhere else.

diddy 29 March 2014 11:37 PM

I have heard of it on Mythbusters (where they busted it)

Though the show is produced by an Australian crew, its based in the US. Who knows how the idea got to them - I donít think they said on the show.

RichardM 30 March 2014 02:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skeptic (Post 1812277)
I'm trying to work out if your serious, but I'm leaning towards comedy. There's no slowing down involved.

Other than Ireland where it is very common, and the afore-mentioned Australia, (where I have never heard it), does this claim exist anywhere else.

The slowing down refers to extreme slowing down as in hitting a tree. My comment has nothing to do with the OP. It was an attempt at humor. And I have never heard anything about the OP claim despite being around people who drive on unpaved roads quite often.

Dasla 01 April 2014 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skeptic (Post 1812277)
I'm trying to work out if your serious, but I'm leaning towards comedy. There's no slowing down involved.

Other than Ireland where it is very common, and the afore-mentioned Australia, (where I have never heard it), does this claim exist anywhere else.

I have heard of it (and done it, or at least seen other do it.) here.


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