Toyota has been crushing the Australian markets with their Landcruiser and HiLux, and one large benefit that comes with owning one of these models is the availability of parts and accessories. While there are many different types of Toyota parts and accessories deemed necessary either for off-road driving, doing light-commercial tasks or anything in between, there is one piece of equipment that adds convenience, protection and is extremely affordable – the weather shields, or also known as wind deflectors.
Driving around in your Toyota at high speeds or in raid can cause discomfort, with both spray and wind noise affecting you and your passengers. Weather shields Toyota work by simply deflecting the wind and rain away from your windows, making the inside of the car a much more comfortable environment to drive around in.
There are many different types of weather shields Toyota vehicles can fit, and they work by simply altering the aerodynamics of the vehicle in a way that draws quick-moving air inside the car. This results in amplified streaming winds buffering both passengers and the driver persistently, and a significantly increased road noise.
The weather shield assists in lessening these problems by changing the Toyota’s aerodynamics contour slightly. When wind impacts the weather shield, it’s redirected over the windows and around the sides of the vehicle, thus preventing it from entering through the window. This is especially important in Australia’s weather conditions, as having your vehicle well-ventilated reduces the necessity of using an air condition, thus saving fuel and battery power.
Weather shields are precision-made to high standards using acrylic glass. They’re typically slightly tinted to reduce glare, and they’re usually designed to fit a specific make and model to provide the perfect fit into the window channels of a vehicle door frame for easy installation. Simply put, every model is designed to fit the contours of the vehicle.
You don’t need extensive mechanical knowledge, or any specific tool kit to install. You simply clip into the seal with the help of a flat head screwdriver. They are an ideal accessory if you own a pet, as they help get rid of stale air and improve ventilation. They prevent damp and raid from entering through the windows, as well as misting when it rains. Moreover, they reduce sun glare through the side windows and winter condensation.
And the best part about weather shields is that they’re an inexpensive investment. They can cost anywhere from $30 to $200 (the latter include extra accessories like bonnet protectors). And if you ask me, that’s nothing for a part that reduces wind and noise, glare and drag, and is easy to fit, adds a slim-line, smooth design and is made of quality acrylic glass.