No one tells you the drawbacks of cruising the open road with your windows rolled down and music volume turned up — and that is the turbulence caused by the high winds or the rain damaging your car’s interior as a result.
This is where wind deflectors come in: they are not only a sleek and sophisticated upgrade for your vehicle, but they also allow you to enjoy even bleak weather conditions without actually having to deal with outside elements.
Turborevs gives an overview of wind deflectors below, including its purpose, types and benefits.
What Are Wind Deflectors?
Quality wind deflectors, also called wind visors or rain guards, are plastic panels that are attached to a vehicle’s exterior (typically above the windows or in the window channel), to direct wind away from it. Although car side window wind deflectors are most commonly used, you can also find winglet or bonnet wind deflectors.
There are many different advantages of installing wind deflectors, including the following.
- They can reduce wind noise by up to 40-50%, so you can keep your windows open to let fresh air circulate inside. This, in turn, reduces the need to turn on the heat or air conditioning, which helps cut down on fuel consumption.
- Wind deflectors allow you to keep your windows open when it is raining without having to worry about your interior getting soaked.
- As they are tinted, they reduce sun glare through the side windows.
- Wind deflectors prevent windows from fogging up, which increases visibility and safety.
- When a car is parked, they help to keep its interior cool and comfortable.
- They are quick and easy to install, without requiring any specific tools or prior mechanical knowledge.
- Wind deflectors are usually sold in pairs. Plus, they are available for each specific vehicle so they can be properly fitted on the vehicle and remain securely in place.
- They are car-wash friendly.
How Do They Work?
Wind deflectors work on the principle of aerodynamics; they are designed to alter the aerodynamic contour of a vehicle, redirecting the flow of air and water over the open windows and around the sides of the car.
What Are They Made Of?
Adhering to the highest quality standards, wind deflectors are made according to precise measurements using cast acrylic. They are specific to each make and model so they can be seamlessly fitted into the door frame, suit the vehicle’s contours and, thus, work effectively.
Front wind deflectors are usually moulded to the shape of the door and have an arched design. On the other hand, rear wind deflectors generally have a rectangular shape.
Types of Wind Deflectors
There are two broad types of wind deflectors, as explained below:
- In-Channel Wind Deflectors:
This is the most common type of wind deflector that can be fitted snugly into a car’s window channel, without needing any specialist tools for installation. Sometimes clips may be used to secure them in their position, for instance, if the window channel is too wide. The whole process is just a matter of minutes, and they can be removed easily as well.
- Stick-On Wind Deflectors:
These are attached to the car door door panel with an adhesive (that does not damage your vehicle’s paintwork). Stick-on wind deflectors can also be removed just as easily.
In a Nutshell
There are several types and designs of wind deflectors available in the market that you can check to see which is the right fit for your car. Not only are they an excellent way to channel away rain, snow and sleet, but their subtle design is just an inexpensive way to elevate the appearance of your car.