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i spent enough summers in SC driving around with a broken A/C.. when it gets hot i have no shame, i roll the windows up and turn the a/c on. but you're right, it is weird how people will keep the windows up when it is nice out.
I've never had a bug fly inside while I was driving, but I have had a grasshopper or some other fairly large bug smack me in my hand while I was hanging it out the window once. It splatted all over me and I had to stop at a gas station and grab a few towels from the windshield bug remover station things
You're lucky, one day I was enroute to a wedding when a bee hit me (stinger firs) on the chin. It hurt like the dickens and was badly swollen.
While I do not know the answer to your question, I will point out that some people do not like to drive with their windows down, because the wind blowing thru the open windows messes up their hair.
My spouse is one of these people.
A lot of modern cars don't "work" all that well with windows open - up into the 60's good ventilation with windows open was designed in, but a lot of newer cars, and by that I mean 80's and newer, opening the windows makes for a noisy and turbulent flow in the cab, at high speed, and at low speed you don't get much air flow.
There in Duluth, probably people are just used to the idea that opening the window at speed means they will freeze to death before they can get it closed again!
That's all fine and dandy, but whenever I'm not driving the company semi-tractor or riding my bicycle, I'll keep them down at low-speed any way.
If someone dares to try to carjack me when I'm hungry, they better have food or else, they're IT!!!
I completely understand on the freeway / interstate (because in that case, your gas mileage is considerably lowered compared to with AC on), but even on city streets (30 mph) or highways (40-50 mph), people still drive around with their windows closed. I've noticed that all kinds of people with their windows closed (after all, most on the road have them shut), but I cannot imagine a yuppy having his/her window open, for example.
I generally have my windows opened all the time except if it is very hot, above 95f or below 60F or if wife is with me. I open up the back window to decrease the turbulance. My wife has hers shut 100% of the time and will run the a/c even in 60 degree weather.
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