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2. Windshield wipers
2. Windshield wipers
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During a trip to New York City, Alabama woman Mary Anderson noticed a trolley driver couldn’t see well when it was snowing.

At that point, drivers had to open the window to clear it, letting snow and rain into the vehicle.

As a solution, Anderson designed and patented wood and rubber arms that would push rain and snow off the window at the pull of a lever.

She was told her 1903 invention was distracting and impractical, and never profited off her design.

Planning a road trip? Now is probably a good time to check your own wipers – and the rest of these car parts.

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