What To Expect When Driving A Convertible
Driving a convertible has its appeal - the wind in the hair, the sun beating on you. Convertible driving is all that anyone talks about. Conveniently, they skip the more difficult parts of driving one. You should experience a convertible at least once in your lifetime.
We're going to discuss the positives, the negatives, and the ugly of driving a convertible. It won't be easy. It's up to you to decide if you love it or not. However, it is important that you are familiar with the details of driving one.
What to do when driving a convertible?
Convertible ownership and driving is about recognizing how it differs from a non-convertible vehicle. It is impossible to get in a convertible and expect it to feel the same as driving a non-convertible vehicle. You should also be aware of the risks involved in driving a convertible. Let's look at what you should know about driving a convertible.
Do NOT drive without the top up
It is great to drive with the top down. It is great to drive a convertible with the top down. When you're done driving, make sure to put the top on your convertible. But, why?
First of all, leaving your car's top down and unattended is just as good as leaving the keys in the ignition and a sign that reads "Free Convertible." In 2019, the United States saw 721,885 motor vehicle burglaries. It is not clear how many of these occurred because the convertible owner forgot to take the top off while running into the store, or doing other errands.
You should consider the fact that if your convertible is left open, it can be vulnerable to insects and other critters. What fun will you have coming out to find your car covered in bird poop? For a moment, think about it.
A 2-Door Door in a Limited Space is Not Recommended
A two-door convertible's doors are longer than those of a four-door. If you park in a tight spot and have a car in front of you, it will be difficult to get out. Instead, choose a four-door or regular- to full-sized vehicle-friendly parking space.
DO Learn About Sun Exposure
You are more exposed to the elements when the convertible's top is down than the rest. If you don't have the right protection, the sun can cause serious burns or even make someone very sick. Keep things like sunscreen, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, hats and sunscreen handy. Also, drink plenty of water to avoid overheating. If you feel too hot, turn the air conditioner on.
Don't expect your drive to look like the movies.
The scene is like something you've seen in the movies. A couple rides into sunset with their convertible top down and hair flowing freely. They kiss and then it ends. It would be great if we all rode in our convertibles like this. Expect a mess if you have long hair and don't have your hair tied back. You may have seen the movie "Bridget Jones’ Diary" and thought of Rene Zellweger (Bridget Jones), in the Mercedes-Benz 280SE with Hugh Grant (Daniel Cleaver). Convertible hair is what her scarf does - it flies off.
DO Check the Weather
This statement should be immediately followed by "But don't believe it!" You need to prepare for all possible weather situations. It is essential to plan for all seasons. There are many ways to protect yourself against rain, snow, and sleet. When you leave your car open, leaves and other debris can build up.
Get ready for hot weather
You should wear cool clothes, a hat, sunblock, sunglasses and keep hydrated when driving in hot conditions.
Preparation for Cold Weather
Although it might seem odd to combine cold weather and a convertible, avid convertible owners make it a daily routine. You should wear a jacket, scarf, gloves, and hat when venturing out into the cold. The heater can be used with the top down.
DO NOT go to the car wash unprepared
You might not think washing your car is something you should be doing, but it could surprise you. Soft-tops are more likely to leak in car washes. It is important to remember to place the top down.
You should also not use windshield washer fluid with your top-down unless you are looking to skip your evening shower.
Enjoy Driving and Owning Convertibles
Convertible ownership has many benefits. Convertibles can make people smile and release endorphins, which can help them feel happier. Blind spots can be eliminated by the convertible's top. This makes your trip safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Fun is the best part about a convertible! You may not see many convertibles depending on where you live. For some, they are a real treat!
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