Riding in the Car with Windows Open

Riding in the Car with Windows Open
I love the feeling of riding or driving in the car with the windows open. I enjoy the way the breeze feels on my skin and it somehow adds to the experience of driving giving me a sense of freedom. Obviously, I can't do this when it is raining. However, I do it as often as I can when the weather is good. I prefer the windows only half-way down so I dont blow around my hair too much - that can get annoying. I've found it's best to tie your hair back (if you have long hair) when driving with the windows down.

  • Fresh Air
  • Cool Experience

  • Not possible when raining
  • Can blow your hair around
  • Can get hot at stop lights during summer months




Depends on where I am and what speed I am driving at. But most of the time I like to ride in the car with my windows open because it's just a lot more enjoyable. If I am driving at a fast speed then it's better with the windows open unless of course, it is raining. But if there is traffic and we have to drive slowly then air conditioning is better.
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-04-2017

Windows down

I prefer to drive with the window down rather then use air conditioning. The air conditioning makes my eyes and throat dry. I don't like how I feel after being in a vehicle with the air conditioner on for long rides. I also don't enjoy getting out of a cool car and hitting the heat. I love the feel of the wind in my day driving down the highway.
Posted by Sue on 09-04-2017


Since I don't drive I have no problem if something got in my eyes. I mean, not a serious problem but it's still annoying... So I have no isssues riding with the windows open, I think it's cooler (in both meanings!). The air con is... nice, I guess, but I'm not a fan of it and it often make me somehow sick. Riding with the window open is another story: it's cool, it lets the wind blow on you and mess your hairs (yes, I like it) and you get a nice view of the surroundings speeding away outside of your car. Mmmh, maybe I'm a dog.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 09-05-2017

Windows Down

On the absolute hottest of days I will use the AC, but my preference is for having the windows down. It's one of those wonderful signs of the changing seasons, that first day I can have the window down in the car and not freeze to death. I suppose this, combined with my fun experiences in cars in my youth, have conditioned me to feel excited about that scenario.
Posted by JaiGuru on 09-05-2017

Windows Down

Whenever the weather permits, I love to ride with the windows down. Whether I am in the country or the city, I like to smell the environment and feel as if I am interacting with it. I am also a bit claustrophobic, so this could be part of my issue here, but I love the wind on my face as I cruise around and the noise of things around me. My girlfriend always jokes that I am like a dog, and that if we are in the car, the windows just have to be down for me.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-04-2017

Easier on my throat

Over here we do have the need for vehicular ACs still I spend a good part of my day driving and ACs always make my throat dry and then I get a mild ache next day. That's why I prefer windows open.
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-04-2017

Fresh air

Riding with windows open at night can be a refreshing experience especially if it is windy, but there are countries wherein there are heavy traffics and it would not be wise to drive with windows open. From where I live, it is always polluted by smoke especially during rush hours. It is not pleasant to inhale the smoke though and that is the only situation that I would close my windows during a ride.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 09-05-2017

I'm like a dog!

I looove feeling the wind in my face and get my hair all messy! lol I love to watch the road and feeling the warm wind in my skin. Since I live in a tropical country, it's almost always sunny and we generally got nice weather so it's pretty nice just going in the car with the windows open...
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 09-08-2017


Everything depends on the weather. If it's cold, rainy, dusty and so on outside, obviously you wouldn't open your window, however if it's sunny, it's not a bad idea to open your window. I enjoy how the wind blows in your face, cause it's very refreshing, not every weather circumstance allows it though, because it can get dangerous.
Posted by manmad on 09-04-2017

Wind in my hair

I like to ride with open windows because the wind feels so amazing! That wind represents freedom for me. Plus, it can be really refreshing when it's hot outside.
Posted by Vatroslav on 09-05-2017

Windows Open

I cannot stand the being in a car and the windows are shut, I have to open them even if its just a small crack. It is only during the rainy season that you will be driving with the windows closed. The weather in our country is favorable to afford to be driving with the windows opened all the time.
Posted by williamk on 09-04-2017


I always feel dizzy whenever I'm in a car with the windows closed. I don't like the smell of a vehicle, so I prefer to open the windows so that I coud smell fresh air preventing me to get dizzy.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-18-2018


Riding in the Car with Air Conditioning On

Riding in the Car with Air Conditioning On
It's wonderful that cars now offer AC. If you live in a place that experiences warm summers, Air Conditioning is an absolute life-saver. Rolling down the windows is simply not sufficient for keeping cool on a really hot summer day. Especially if you live in a big city where you are often in stand-still traffic, you can quickly overheat with just the windows open. On the other hand, hours spent in traffic can be cool and comfortable with the AC blowing.

  • Keeps you cool in hot weather and traffic
  • Maintains consistent temperature in the cab of your car

  • Forced air, not fresh
  • Not as "fun" of an experience



Probably it has to with the place I am from.

If you were to drive with the windows down in my country you would sweat a lot. Also, it can be dangerous as people from outside has an easier way to contact you.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-04-2017


Living in a place that is dusty, humid air, and full of smog, it is safer to just close my widow and turn the AC on. Except when my dog is with me, i have to open one window.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-05-2017

AC all the way

I live in a tropical country. The air is warm to hot most of the time except at night and at dawn. When I drive to work, or anywhere for that matter, I always close the windows and open the AC. It's a lot cooler and more comfortable with the AC on and the windows closed. If yor windows are open, you are susceptible to a lot of elements. Insects may enter your car. Dust and other debris can get in. And the fresh air you're talking about? Lol. You'll actually be inhaling a lot of smoke if your windows are rolled down.
Posted by limberg on 12-08-2017

Better option

I hate driving around with my windows open because it seriously messes up my hair every single time, haha. I remember once I had a job interview and it was burning hot outside... my car didn't have any air conditioning so I was forced to lower my windows down a bit. By the time I got to the job interview my hair was all over. I had to fix and it's too time-consuming.

Air conditing is way better and now whenever I get a new car, I make sure that it has it. I like that you can adjust how cold/hot it blows and that the blowing isn't at a too high speed. Much easier!

Posted by Mehano on 09-04-2017

Air Con

It depends because occasionally I open the windows, but usually I use air conditioning. This is because I don't like wind blowing in my face when I'm driving and I also don't like all the noise or dust. I feel somewhat uncomfortable if I'm stopped at a red light and there are pedestrians standing right beside me on the sidewalk and they can see right into my car when my windows are down. For me, air conditioning is more comfortable.
Posted by lilac123 on 09-04-2017

Riding in the Car with Air Conditioning On

I live in a country where most of the year is hot, so I usually use a lot of car air conditioning. Also, I do not like driving and listening to the external traffic noises, so I try to close the glass most of the time.

Some people may bother about this, but I've just gotten used to driving with the glass shut and the air conditioning on.

Posted by hermessantos on 09-06-2017

In City AC is must

You can see that in the city having AC is must. You can't just open window and let the pollution let in. That will never be a good idea. And that is one more reason I think AC based cars are better. I personally think that riding in car with windows open is only possible in remote areas and some towns or states.
Posted by overcast on 09-05-2017
gata montes

AC - is the better option

Living in an extremely hot, dusty, arid area with a desert like climate - where we endure temperatures that generally hover around 45 - 48 degrees centigrade for at least 6 months of the year - driving with the windows shut and the AC on is not a choice but a necessity.

As not only does it avoid - both you and the inside of your vehicle getting covered in dust and dirt in next to no time - but more importantly - it ensures that you don't arrive at your destination so soaking wet - that you look as though you've just taken a swim while fully dressed - which you would do - had you been driving with the window open - due to the intense heat inside the car.

Posted by gata montes on 09-04-2017


This will depend a lot on the location where I am driving at the moment, but as I live in a country with a tropical extreme climate, I can't ignore the option "Riding in the Car with Air Conditioning On" because in some situations it makes a lot of difference.

So, it ends most of the time being a must.

Posted by wiseagent on 09-04-2017

Definitely need it

Here in the philippines there are places you can open your windows, those high places that have good weather. While in the city like the one i'm living you need to have the aircon on if you don't want to inhale polution, sweat to death and powder yourself with dust. So i make sure to have my aircondition on while driving.
Posted by zheh on 09-04-2017

AC does a better job

Air conditioning can make the inside of your car colder in a matter of a few minutes. It works so why would you not use it? I understand some people don't like it because you can catch a cold if the temperature you set is too low but it is something you have control over. When you have your windows open the noise from the outside can be too much, some insects may enter your car and of course you won't get much colder.
Posted by felabruno on 09-04-2017


I think that riding in the car with air conditioning on is much better in riding in the car with the windows open. In terms of cool air, air condition is the best. Also if your windows open, you may feel the heat, the smoke coming from other cars in case of traffic and other smells in the surrondings. I am more comfortable with air condition.
Posted by blank629 on 09-05-2017


I am that type of person that enjoys driving in a situation where I feel less distracted which is the main reason I should prefer riding in a car with air co conditioning on to that with an open space. I do not think driving is an act which we should use to show off or try to prove to everyone that we have arrived.

Driving should be focused so as to reduce the cases of accidents as well as enjoying some kind of privacy while behind the wheels. Driving with the air conditioning on with cool music playing in the background makes me enjoy my driving experience more.

Posted by Barida on 09-04-2017


It actually depends in the weather but as a person who lives in a tropical country.I would choose air conditioner.Its a life- saver in everyday life cuz rolling down the window is not enough to keep it cool especially during summer adding the continuous cycle of traffic everyday.
Posted by jeiyyy on 09-04-2017


There are times that I want to ride in a car or a bus with an open window. I like the fresh air comes to my face and the breeze of nature. But if you're riding a car or any vehicle in a dangerous place and you're not familiar in that place it's safe to close the window and use aircon. especially at night, because nowadays there are many bad things happens in our surroundings. And if you're in the city it's better to use air condition, because if you open your window you can be suffocated with air pollution and it's not good for health. That's why I prefer using air conditioning most of the time.
Posted by jayken on 09-04-2017

Open Windows? Not in our Country

You cannot drive with open windows here in the Philippines (Metro Manila)- Why? Because first, It's hot and the air is polluted. Second, there are crooks everywhere. Third, wreck less drivers and lastly, stupid Traffic Enforcers. I suggest you switch on your AC and close the windows and lock the doors.
Posted by geloi on 09-05-2017

Car with Air conditioning is better

Here in the Philippines, it's not wise to have your window open since the climate here is so hot and since you're always exposed to hot weather, might as well enjoy the road trip with a cool breeze that's coming out from the air condition of your car. It's also not wise to have your window open as you're prone for snatching your things so be wise and just enjoy your road trip with air conditioner.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-03-2017

AC rocks

Riding in the Car with Air Conditioning On gives the best feeling and enjoyment especially when you are driving a brand new car with strong AC. I never get uncomfortable riding in such cars with good AC.
Posted by Martinsx on 10-20-2018

Air is kinda polluted

City air is never really good here. If I go to our province I may open a window for a bit. But still most of the time closed. It is for safety measure as well.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-22-2018

Air conditioner

I choose riding in the car with air conditioning. We live in a hot place. I love to ride in this car.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-18-2018


It depends, I like fresh air and sunshine so if the weather is right, I do like the windows open, but most of the time it is too hot, too, cold or too much traffic and exhaust fumes to do this at least when I am on the highway. The only real problem I find is that bugs can sometimes fly in the window and I don't like that at all!
Posted by kgord on 09-04-2017
There are days that I would prefer to have my windows open basically just to feel the air brushing off my hair though when driving around the city, I would rather keep it closed precisely because of rampant cases of theft and the traffic on a hot weather day is basically cling me out to shut that window and power up that aircon!
Posted by Istine on 09-04-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Most of the time, I ride with my windows down. I live in an area that has Summer like conditions most of the time. Because of that, rolling down the windows on a nice sunny drive provides just the right breeze for me. However, air conditioning is vital for those scorching days of heat when it's unbearable. But I don't need it all the time.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 09-04-2017
This is a hard knock question because I enjoy the two but I prefer the air-conditioner because of it quite cool to the body and might not come with dust though not fresh but breeze from outside comes with dust.
Posted by lovely on 09-04-2017
I don’t think I would be convenient in riding a car with no air conditioning because of 3 things namely 1) heat of the weather, 2) air pollution, 3) noise. Given those 3 elements that can ruin your peace will make you realize that it is a great convenience to have air conditioning in the car. I remember our old car when the air conditioner would break down it was too difficult to ride because of the 3 elements that I had mentioned above.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-24-2018
I cannot rule out using the air conditioner in the car, sometimes there are circumstances where you will have to use it especially during the hot summer times and you are stuck in traffic. Also during rainy days and you want to stay warm. However, most of the other times a natural breeze through the window is always the best option.
Posted by williamk on 09-04-2017
I like the car with air conditioning it can make you sleepy and relax too, but it depends on the person me sometimes i like open window if there is no dirt in the air just a fresh air i do that sometimes, but most of the time we use car aircon to make us feel fresh even the sunset is to hot.
Posted by tophew on 09-04-2017
It really depends on where you are and how used to your climate you are. Where I am currently living it actually does more harm than good to turn on the air conditioning in a car at least because the humidity always seeps through. Maybe it was just that car but I found it a lot more pleasant to roll down the windows. In Egypt, it felt better to drive with the air conditioning on because it was extremely dry so having that hot dry air blow into your face isn't very fun.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-04-2017
While riding car during daytime I really like to open the window to feel the fresh air and I love to sight seeing the wonderful surroundings. While if It is already dark or middle of the night I don't like the opened window just to avoid flying insects to enter inside of the car.
Posted by rogel on 09-04-2017
I don't have a car, but air condition inside of the car, especially the scent, really a disgusting to me. I even try to open the doors of the car, when my brother try to on, the air conditioning. I prefer to use the open window in the car, when ever I ride every car. Most of the drivers refuse to open the windows, because of the dust will enter inside the car.

Today, I don't ride to the car of my brother, because that scent. I don't know why, if i only the one, who couldn't take such thing. Sometimes, I even released my gag reflex, if I couldn't take it anymore.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 09-04-2017
If it isn't too hot in the car, I will drive with the windows open. However, on really hot days I will use the air conditioning. My car has black/dark gray interior so it gets super hot in there in the summer time. If I am on the expressway, I will also drive with the windows up since the wind at high speeds can be a bit much especially for my kids in the backseat.
Posted by morgoodie on 09-04-2017
Well, it depends on many factors and state of things, but on a normal day, I will prefer an air condition car to normal air. But when am feeling cold, i will open the windows to get normal air and turn down the air condition. but when it's sunny outside i will put on the air condition, it makes me feel cool and fresh.
Posted by Authord on 09-04-2017
I think i will prefer to ride in a car that has the windows open in order to receive fresh air. The air from the environment that is entering the car is natural. Air condition air is a kind of artificial air which might not be as natural as fresh air.
Posted by babyright on 09-04-2017
I think I've developed something they called motion sickness or maybe I already had it since I'm a kid cause whenever I commute and travel in a car with closed windows with air-conditioning, I always get dizzy and my stomach feels like its gonna turn upside down. I remember one time I almost vomited on the bus floor I don't know maybe the roads are not that good and maybe the driver or maybe the air-conditioning at the bus. Even though ever since I've turned college I almost commute everyday going to my university. The thing is, I always ride on jeepneys going to train stations so I think I'm more used to car or a vehicle with windows open and probably has no air-conditioning.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-04-2017
I prefer riding my car with air conditioning on. There is no doubt because the city where I live is very hot. Besides, you won't get sweat the way you would if you ride your car with windows open. Also, I would mess up my hair and I don't like to arrive at some place with my hair looking awful. If you ride with windows open you could Smell awful because the bad smells of the streets
Posted by pizzalover on 09-04-2017
I live in the tropics, this is the 'roll your window down and enjoy the cool summer breeze all the time capital central of the world!' Most of the times that is but nowadays it becomes essential to have A/C on the really hot sunny days. We have seen some really high temperatures and extremely hot days and for this reason the AC becomes a necessity at some points. For the most part usually before and close to summer's end and the rest of the year that follows, we appreciate the cool climate. Driving with the windows down affords fresh air and you somehow feel closer to nature. It sure beats the AC that takes away from the experience of the tropical paradise. Nevertheless driving to any destination here takes less than 10 or 15 minutes so one way or the other we're void of such extensive AC lag and there's nature all around like a huge open window policy in effect.
Posted by Joteque on 09-04-2017
If there is actual fresh air then of course it's better, but if it's rainy, or smoggy, or even humid then air conditioning is the best option. The only place to have the window down is somewhere in the countryside, but then you still may get farm smells. From a safety point of view having a window down can be dangerous if you stop at traffic lights. I have seen people pulled out of window and people being attacked, so it's best not to have the window down if you travel alone, or are in an unfamiliar area.
Posted by Alexa on 09-05-2017
I remember in the olden days when my father's car was a yellow Mustang, the windows were open all the time. Riding in it, we could savor the breeze especially when we are going out of town. But now, it is nearly impossible to get a clean air and worse, criminals might grab the opportunity of an open window of a car, if you know what I mean. It's really sad whenever the car's air condition would not be working. We had to have it fixed right away otherwise we will have to suffer the damp air inside the car since we never open the windows for security purposes.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-05-2017
I live in a country with a great weather, I prefer the windows open, the air conditioning always get m sick, even in the house, it's always turned off, there is nothing like a fresh air running through my body in hot summer day.
Posted by joey98 on 09-05-2017
Depends, if it is a sunny or hot day, I prefer to use the air conditioner but if it's a cloudy or cold day I prefer riding my car with windows open. Also, if I'm on a trip I prefer the windows open because I can breathe a different air, I can enjoy the weather and I can admire the landscapes.
Posted by cubo on 09-05-2017
There are times that I want to ride in a car or a bus with an open window. I like the fresh air comes to my face and the breeze of nature. But if you're riding a car or any vehicle in a dangerous place and you're not familiar in that place it's safe to close the window and use aircon. especially at night, because nowadays there are many bad things happens in our surroundings. And if you're in the city it's better to use air condition, because if you open your window you can be suffocated with air pollution and it's not good for health. That's why I prefer using air conditioning most of the time.
Posted by jayken on 09-05-2017
rose thornes
Actually it really depends on a situations when the weather is hot or I'm travelling around the city where there's a lot of pollutions around I prefer to close the windows and open the air conditions. But I love to travel with the windows down and welcome the fresh air specially early in the morning or late at night.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-06-2017
I prefer riding with the windows down, but unfortunately, the places I can do that in is only a select few locations where the traffic isn't too congested. Here where I live, the smoke and noise gets up to ridiculous levels, so there's not much other choice other than to roll the windows up and just use the airconditioner instead. I am thankful that cars at least have that though and I don't really consider it that much of a sacrifice, but whenever I do go somewhere where I could just roll my windows down, I am very thankful.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-06-2017
When I am riding in a car, I will like to have the windows open instead of air conditioning. It is good to get fresh air instead of recycled air. Furthermore, you will also save fuel if you are not using air conditioning. However, if you afre riding on the dusty country road, you need to close the windows and switch on the air conditioner.
Posted by vinaya on 09-06-2017
travelling in the car with air cond on is better. Just imagine the traffic jam outside, you will be smelling carbon monoxide instead of fresh air.
Posted by peachpurple on 12-11-2017
When the air conditioning is on, the car will be ventilated and will be nice especially when it is raining and you can't open the windows. I like cars with air conditioning but there is nothing more thrilling than when the windows are open and the car is moving fast. The rush of cold air into the car always leaves me feeling excited.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-25-2017
Nothing beat nature at its peak,I like the rush of air especially in a cool evening it helps not only to calm the nerve but helps in refreshing the skin and entire body.I think air from outside is the deal here though air-conditioner is great as well but it isn't comparable.
Posted by lovely on 06-22-2018
It depends on the weather outside, if it's scorching hot weather, you really need to close the window unless you want to suffer and burn. It also applies when it's raining, I just want to look at the droplets racing around the window. When it's just a "good-right" weather, open your window and feel the air. In addition to this, it will lessen the electricity and also the wind outside are much cooler than the air-conditioner.
Posted by vivalavanda on 11-01-2018
I prefer to ride in a car with air conditioner. It is because I live in a place where there is dust and pollution. It is necessary for me.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 11-18-2018