(Assuming the cars' wipers can in fact be extended that far up, and will stay there - we seem to have some car designers or wiper engineers who've never used a squeegee to clean a windshield. Lots of wipers these days can only be lifted a few cm off the glass, making cleaning the windshield a real pain.)
Maybe it's mere anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me I'm seeing more of this recently.
The point of doing this of course is that if it snows or - worse still - if there's freezing rain, your wiper blades don't stick to the windshield.
I mention the 'contagious' issue because on two or three occasions in different parking lots in different parts of the city, I've noticed clusters of several cars parked near each other doing this.
Are people learning from each other?
Reminds me of Russia some years ago - just about every car you'd see parked on the street had no wiper blades at all. Turns out - at that time, anyway - rubber was so valuable that the half-life of an unprotected wiper blade was about ten minutes, so cagey drivers would remove the blades and lock them in the glove box.
Which reminds me yet again of an old Russian car joke:
Dimitri says, "Comrade Ivan - I got a new pair of wiper blades for my Lada!"
Replies Ivan, "Comrade Dimitri - good trade!"
Back to learning from others:
It's the same with backing in to parking spots, easily the safest way to do it (unless an even safer 'drive-through' spot is available). That too seems to have a bit of a 'pack mentality' to it, although I know some companies teach their employees to do this (General Motors used to; don't know if it still does).
I once complimented the Hugo Boss company for enforcing this procedure, only to find out subsequently that the motivation wasn't primarily safety, but to ensure that employees' windshield-mounted parking permits were easily visible - and yes, violators would be towed.
Hey - I'll accept the right result even if it's for the wrong reasons.
Now, if we could only get 'the pack' to correct its collective behaviour for my two major (and yes, on-going) pet peeves:
- Drive Right, Pass Left. This means YOU;
- TURN ON YOUR FRICKIN' HEADLIGHTS, preferably all the time, but at the very least when it's cloudy, foggy, raining, snowing - any time really when visibility is compromised, and other drivers need to see your taillights as well as your front DRLs.
Like, well, at night?...