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Driving with windows open

I had a friend of mine in the car recently with me who kept asking me to wind down the windows in the car.  He prefers to do that for the flow of air and I told him that firstly the noise from outside tends to irritate me and I prefer more of the silence inside the car, but I also don’t think it is that safe to drive with the windows open.  

I have done Road Accident Fund claims for clients before who have been injured by things that have bounced off trucks and through windscreens as well as open windows, including one particular young lady whose lower jaw was basically separated from her upper jaw by something, which I can no longer recall, that bounced off the road from a truck in front of her.  I have not done many cases like that recently, but I have done more than my fair share cases that involve objects that bounce off the road or are thrown towards one’s vehicle by another vehicles tyres and I genuinely believe that it is far safer to have all of your windows closed and the air conditioning turned on if you have air conditioning than to drive with open windows.  It is naturally safer to be inside a motorcar when you get hit by another car than it is to be riding a motorbike at that time.  The glass does give you an extra layer of protection against stones and all sorts of things that can quite easily injure you including cases of people being blinded if you don’t have your windows closed.  By the same token, my old coach at Country Club Johannesburg, who eventually gave up golf and became a commentator on Tellytrack, the horseracing channel, had a client seriously injured on the golf range.  Hitting down on the ground, a tee that was embedded in the ground, flew into his eye and blinded him and I find that it is a lot safer when I am playing golf to play with sunglasses on because the dirt does often spray straight up towards your eyes and it may not just be sand that hits you in the eye.  

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 24-May-19 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Dasanya  said:
on Friday 31-May-19 05:16 PM
I generally drive with my windows open closed most of the time for safety reasons and also, I do agree that the noise from outside is irritating as well, so I do prefer quiet drives. In a past accident, it was actually my closed window that saved me from harm, so yes, I am of the opinion that it is much safer do drive with closed windows.

Victoria  said:
on Wednesday 29-May-19 08:42 AM
I agree 100% it is a whole lot safer to drive with your windows closed and rather have your air conditioning on. I have actually never thought of things flying through your windows but that is very possible.

Brumilde Cronje  said:
on Tuesday 28-May-19 01:26 PM
I agree that it is safer to drive with windows closed, Even in traffic on the highway the windows should be closed, i have personally witness a hi jacking right in front, the robbers could easily open the door form the inside through the window. Rather turn on the aircon, you are safer that way.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Monday 27-May-19 05:00 PM
I sometimes enjoy a drive with a open window but besides the danger of flying objects, we also have to contend with intrusive and dangerous persons at the traffic lights. I find that most times I drive with the aircon on and its annoying for me as I find that the aircon gives me the sniffles.

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 27-May-19 02:31 PM
If you drive with your windows down in South Africa you are very brave ,because that is an invite for hijackers.

Tamaryn  said:
on Monday 27-May-19 12:34 PM

Lucretia  said:
on Monday 27-May-19 09:25 AM
I love driving with my windows open, I do love the wind flowing through the car, however, I will consider the blog because I never thought of things just flying through and causing such havoc. I only ever drive with my windows open on the highway because in town or the back streets, you are certainly inviting unwanted elements if your windows are open. Sad but true :-(

Megan  said:
on Monday 27-May-19 09:20 AM
I feel as though having your window ajar makes it easier for thieves to break verses it being completely closed but either way the window can be broken with the right force. Having your window closed makes you feel safer but I don't think it makes too much of a difference, if they're adamant on getting in, they will do so.

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 04:38 PM
It is a lot less stressful and safer to have your windows closed when driving or approaching a stop street because of the crime rate.

Kathryn  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 04:18 PM
From rocks flying to potential hijackings; i think that it is a much safer option all round to drive with your windows shut.

Michelle D  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 09:24 AM
I love having my windows open but very rarely ever do it. There's too much crime. I've had many friends that have been mugged or even high jacked because they were having a smoke with the window's just not worth it.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 09:02 AM
I also like my windows open, nothing as good as the fresh air. And an aircon isn't exactly economical. However, I do see your point, although I feel dangers always lurk everywhere.

Fikile  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 08:52 AM
I don't like driving with windows down because it is easy for people to mug you and also it's easy for them take anything in the car because windows are open and you could be stuck in traffic. It is also irritating to be in a taxi in the early mornings and the taxi driver opens the window and the wind blows in.

Bianca N  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 08:52 AM
I also prefer to drive with the windows mostly closed, it makes me feel a lot safer especially driving in the traffic that we have here. Every now and then I will open it just a little for some air, but as soon as I need to stop at a red light the window is closed again.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 08:48 AM
I think its safe to say that in South Africa it is in any case not safe to drive with your windows open! Someone will try put their head and hands in your vehicle and grab whatever they can. I do however, enjoy driving to work in the morning with the window open for that fresh Winter air! I do tend to play the game though, open and close continuously especially when stationary then I cannot keep it open. Also all the pollution from trucks I end up closing the window. The aircon is not great for my sinuses.

Clare  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 08:40 AM
I drive with my Window open but not fully open. I like some air coming in. And Switching my Aircon on makes a big change in the Power of my car.

Courtney  said:
on Friday 24-May-19 08:25 AM
I also like driving with the windows open. I feel very claustrophobic when the windows are closed in the car. I agree that it is more safe to drive with closed windows.


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