I like to have the occasional cigarette while driving, particularly when traveling non-trivial distances (e.g. 45 - 60 minutes or more). This can be somewhat problematic in moderate to heavy rain as having my window cracked for ventilation inevitably leads to rain dripping onto the interior of my car.
Now, there is a commercial product available for this type situation, sometimes referred to as "rain guards" or "side window deflectors". The functionality of this device should be clear in the image below:
Being that this is Lifehacker, I am looking for a homegrown solution to this problem taking into account some of the following criteria:
- I do not want anything permanently affixed to my car. Any kind of "device" needing to be attached should be temporary and trivially removable, and (obviously) should not damage the vehicle in any way.
- A solution to this doesn't necessarily have to replicate the exact functionality of the commercial rain guard device pictured above; and in fact, would preferably involve using some type of interior-based (as opposed to exterior-based) device(s).
Over time I have come up with different hacks to varying degrees of success, none of which have reliably solved the issue. For example, if my gym bag happens to be present, one end of a spare sock can be tucked into the depression of the arm rest, while the other end is laid over the power window controls:
This addresses what is probably the primary concern: keeping my power window, etc... buttons dry, since water and electricity do not mix well. However, I don't always have a sock (or sock-like object) around, and at any rate, the "sock" method misses the mark in a couple of ways, which I've tried to highlight with red ovals in the above pictures:
- In the left picture, you can see that the speaker mounted in the side door panel is exposed in such a way that rain can (and has) dripped down onto it. Broken speakers are useless to me, and therefore I would like for this to not happen.
- In the picture on the right, I've highlighted a key area on the top of my door panel that is exposed. This is usually the first stop for intrusive rain drops, which I have to try to intercept (e.g. by wiping them with a napkin, my hand, etc...) before they drip down onto the speaker (and, if I am without an extra sock, my power window controls). In any case, I am really trying to keep this area dry because (a) I have a leather interior; and (b) doing so would most likely keep the speaker directly below dry as well.
To summarize, I am looking for a way to keep the interior of my car dry when I am driving in the rain and my window is slightly open (rolled down roughly 1 - 2 inches) - particularly the three regions annotated in the above photos. Ideally a solution would be fairly autonomous - it should not pose a significant distraction from my primary responsibility (driving safely).
And to clarify, I am completely open to something like the "sock method" that targets the top of my door panel. I have not found a suitable equivalent for this yet - i.e. something which can be rested stably in that area without having to hold it in place.