In this guide, I’m going to share different hacks on how to reduce wind noise in car and make it quieter inside.
According to research, driver distractions is one of the leading causes of car crashes globally.
While the use of mobile phones while driving remains one of the major causes, distractions resulting from road noise/wind noise can also result to accidents. (source)
Additionally, according to an article published on the NHTSA website, distracted drivers are 50% more likely to be involved fatal crashes that can result to death or serious injuries.
If you find it hard to focus when driving as a result of wind noise or find it impossible to listen to your car stereo, there’s a way around.
Below are simple ways on how to reduce road noise in car. You can also check this guide on some of the most quiet performance mufflers on the market.
How to Reduce Wind Noise in Car in Simple Techniques?
Like most of the tips I’ve always recommended, these are simple fixes you can implement on your own in your garage.
On the other hand, you can consult your mechanic to fix the problem on your behalf.
1. Look for the Gaps
Before you think of purchasing any products to minimize wind noise, locate the source of these noises first.
Take a drive on a quiet road and listen keenly for any wind that might be getting in.
The biggest culprits for letting in noise, are the door and windows, so pay close attention to these areas.
If your car is leaking in wind noises, chances are the sealant is damaged.
You have to fix them if you don’t want to deal with such noises. Buy a weather-stripping tape then fix all the areas that are leaking noise.
The process is easy, and you can easily do it without involving a professional.
All you need to do is peal out the old tape and clean the area before applying an adhesive, then the tape.
2. Get Soundproof Mats
You can easily minimize the wind noise in your car by installing soundproof mats.
The mats absorb noise created by wind and also noise produced by engine, road, and ventilators.
The mats are effective because the material used in its making is thick enough to absorb the noise.
In addition, the mat is quite affordable if you have a small budget.
The process of installing the mat is pretty simple; you only need to pull up the car carpet and put it beneath it.
The mats come with their own adhesive, which is pretty good and effective.
You can install it at the front and the back-cabin area of the vehicle.
You can also install the on the roof or trunk of your car.
The mats are quite effective at deadening wind noises compared to the regular mats.
You can get variety of these mats when shopping, just remember to go for the quality.
3. Spray Sound Deadeners in the Vehicle
Spray sound deadeners are good for areas that may be hard to reach, specifically small spaces inside the car.
These types of soundproof materials work by reflecting and absorbing wind noises.
The spray coating also protects the car against chipping and cracking that happens over time.
Soundproof spray for cars is easily available and also quite cheap as a soundproof material.
You can also use soundproof foams to absorb the wind noises in your car.
Soundproof foams are a good additional measure of soundproofing your vehicle.
4. Get Wind Deflectors
When driving, especially at high speed, wind hits the top of your vehicle’s window, especially on the weatherstripping tape area.
The wind then enters your car creating wind noises that are uncomfortable to deal with.
One way to prevent the wind from getting is through installing wind deflectors. They are not only cheap but also easy to install.
The deflectors are also effective at minimizing wind noises by deflecting it away from you. They can also prevent rain from getting into your upholstery.
When shopping for a wind deflector, make sure you get the one that is designed specifically for your vehicle model. If you get the wrong one, it will be hard to install or work properly.
Installing the deflector is not hard. The steps include:
You need to roll the window halfway down to effectively install the deflector.
Clean the frame of the window properly.
Use a cleaning agent and a towel to wipe off the dirt.
In case of hard-to-reach dirt on the bottom of the window frame, you will need to use a metal such as a screwdriver to scrape it off.
Allow the window to dry after cleaning, then install the deflector on your car window’s channel then attach them with clips if available.
Spray a maintenance spray on the window if it has difficulty rolling up and down.
Peel off the tape, but not the whole of it, then align the deflector on the window.
Adjust it deflector to correctly fit. If it doesn’t fit correctly, you will have to remove it and get the one that fits.
Remove the tape completely as you stick the deflector on the window.
Ensure it is firm fits before testing it up and down.
In case it is loose, apply more pressure to stick it in the window.
5. Repair Any Damage on Your Car
Wind noises are uncomfortable and annoying, especially if it comes from a small gap or crack in your car.
The whistling sound can drive you crazy, which is why you need to inspect the exterior part for any signs of damage.
Using a weather-stripping tape will fix the areas around your doors and windows.
However, some other parts may require the services of a professional.
Tape may not work so well on holes on your car’s exterior body caused by rusting or a hole in the window.
You may also need to enhance the effectiveness of the weather-stripping tape on your doors and windows using an Acoustic Caulk.
The caulk is also used on its own to seal the windows and doors.
When applying the acoustic caulk, you need to gently press it into windows and door frames then smear it evenly.
6. Install an Acoustic Windshield
Your car’s windshield is constantly being subjected to too much wind, which in turn creates noise, especially when driving at high speed.
For this reason, you should consider getting a windshield that can withstand the pressure.
The acoustic windshield will bear the brunt of the wind and minimize the noise inside your car.
Apart from noise reduction, the acoustic windshield also protects the vehicle from sun damage.
7. Check for Any Problems with your Door
As mentioned, wind noises can leak in easily from the damage on your car’s weatherstripping tape.
However, it can also sneak in when your door does not latch properly.
Therefore, it is important to always check when closing or opening the door for such problems.
Also, check for any major dents on the door that may need to fix. In case of any, you need to take it to a repair shop.
Final Thoughts on How to Reduce Wind Noise in Car
Above are some of the best and recommended methods on how to reduce wind noise in car.
As a recap, just know that the biggest culprit is worn out door/cabin seals.
In most cases you can fix this problem by replacing the damaged weatherstrip.
Also Read this guide on cheap car soundproofing materials.
If you want to further sound deaden the car, consider other methods such as installing sound deadening materials like Hushmat, soundskins, Dynamat, Lizardskin for extra sound insulation.