What is wind whip while driving and how you can avoid it



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Spring is upon us, which means it鈥檚 a great time to get out and about. So you get in your car, open the sliding roof or roll down a window and head out onto the open road to enjoy the wind in your hair. But once you start up, you are met with a loud noise like that of a helicopter which is so unbearable that you have to go back up the window. What is that noise and how can you stop the car from making it?

That noise you hear is a whipping effect of the wind

That scary sound you hear is called 鈥blows or blows of wind鈥 and is what happens when one of the car windows is opened when driving at highway speeds. According to Family Handyman, sound is 鈥渙utside air passing through and interacting with the air contained inside the vehicle鈥. Apparently when these two air masses collide with each other, they compress and decompress repeatedly and produce that throbbing effect which makes you feel like you are trapped in a small wind tunnel.

There are many different factors that can contribute to wind gusts. For example, you can have all the windows open and the sunroof open and get the shake effect. You can even have one window in the middle and one at the bottom and still get it.

Wind blast is more prevalent in modern cars.

If you currently own a newer car, you may experience more wind gusts than an older one. The reason wind blast is worse on newer cars is due to their improved aerodynamic designs. Outside air travels over the car much more efficiently, so when a window is opened the airflow is interrupted and magnifies the effect.

If you want a quick lesson in how bad wind gusts can be in a newer car, then test drive a 2022 Toyota Supra. The new Supra is known for having the worst wind blasts in the business and now we know why. Maybe Toyota shouldn鈥檛 have made it so streamlined.

How can wind blows be solved?

The fix for wind gusts is quite simple: open another window. By doing so, the wind turbulence in the car is stabilized and the shaking effect should stop. Also, if you have a car like the Toyota Supra, you can buy small wind deflectors that can be placed on the front edge of the windows to redirect airflow.

It is a simple and inexpensive solution that is also available for other new cars. Also, if you want to stop the effect of the wind when you open the sunroof, you can buy a wind deflector for that as well. That way, you can drive with the wind in your hair and you won鈥檛 have to listen to the deafening sound of a small helicopter floating in your ears. Of course, if it gets really bad, just roll up the windows and use your air conditioner instead.

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