How to Reduce Wind Noise in Car (Step by Step Guide)

Jerry Wilson
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What Causes Wind Noise

In your Car?

You will know you have an issue with wind noise in your car when you’ve got a passenger in the car, the radio is turned off, and you can still hear outside noises. In other words, it feels like someone turned on a power fume in your car.

This means that there is a problem with the way the car assemblies are fitted together. You have probably noticed this problem when using the windows when the wind is blowing straight at the vehicle.

This doesn’t normally affect a small amount of wind coming in from certain angles.

That said, it’s important to understand a little more about wind noise in vehicles so that you can make an informed decision about whether you need to replace or repair your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know.

The main cause of wind noise in cars lies in the assembly of the windows and most especially on the seals. This is more common in vehicles that are manufactured in areas with high winds. These parts need to be fitted perfectly to ensure that the windows are not too loose or too tight.

Another important factor is the shape of the windows. Cars with rectangular windows tend to let in a lot of wind noise because the window surface is longer and wider.

How to Reduce Wind Noise

A silent car ride is an enjoyable one. But the thought of having to deal with wind noise from your car windows each time you drive is anything but pleasant.

Fortunately, you know have the option of turning a short drive into a silent one if your windows are prone to loud whistles.

You can reduce wind noise by applying some of these adjustments to your car.

As you go through the list, you will probably see some of them as redundant, but each tip and trick is built upon the other – they all work together to completely eliminate wind noise.

Other Useful Ways of Reducing Wind Noise in a Car

Eliminate road noise. This is a more permanent solution and involves either buying new tires or getting new shock absorbers.

Change the orientation of your windows. Keep the windows closed during the first 10mins of your drive. This will cut the wind noise.

Use window deflectors. These are made of a magnetic material and clip onto the window’s inside edge. They can be easily removed when you want to open the window.

Increase the car’s momentum. When the car is moving fast, wind noise is much less of a problem.

Apply sound insulation.

Hang a rug. The extra noise is muffled.

Buy a car with better built windows.

All of these ways of reducing wind noise in a car mainly involve some form of insulation between the inside and outside of the car. You will also notice that the methods are dependent on both the windows’ shape as well as the way they are oriented. Pay special attention to how the windows cut across the wind direction.


Wind noise is a serious problem on the road. Indeed, the EU has even taken it up as its own cause. The EU’s campaign to reduce wind noise aims to get car manufacturers to develop more effective noise-limiting technologies for vehicles.

However, all is not lost. You can reduce your wind noise by using the simple steps outlined here.