Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Upgrade Your Convertible on a Budget

As if your convertible wasn’t cool enough already, right? While a convertible is a chic and sporty all on its own there’s still a few ways to elevate your convertible and you can do so at a reasonable price. Below are a few simple and easy ways to upgrade your convertible on a budget.

1.  Wind Deflectors

Wind deflectors can help reduce wind blast and noise by up to 75%. Ride in your convertible with passengers driving down a busy highway with the top town comfortably while having a conversation and listening to your favorite music. Wind deflectors are designed to be installed relatively easy so that they can be stored away when there not in use. They can also be installed with the top up or down. Investing in a wind deflector is the best way to get the most bang for your buck when upgrading your convertible. Excessively loud wind doesn’t have to ruin your time out on the road, with a wind deflector you can easily redirect rushing wind and make the most of your ride in your convertible today.

2.  Trunk Organizers

Space is already limited, why not make the most of it? With a trunk organizer you can easily and safely store away important items while driving that you may not want to leave out in the open while cruising around with the top down. Not only can you safely store away items, but organize items you’ll need throughout your day such as work out clothing, work and office supplies or even groceries The last thing you want is to have too much clutter when the time comes when you’ll need some extra additional space. A trunk organizer will keep you ready for those moments. Trunk organizers can make trunk space functional for you convertible with ease.

3.  Portable Car Cup Cell Phone Chargers

You never know when you may need extra battery life. With a car cup charger you can get quick and convenient on-the-go charging. Most portable car cup cell phone chargers a built with a 3-in-1 feature allowing you to place charger into cup holder with two charger slots, phone holder and lighter socket. They are practical and secure when it comes to cruising with the top down and hands-free charging. You can easily remain hands free with the cup charger, it is angled to allow you to be able to access your screen at a glance without distracting you from the road.

4.  Heads-up Display (HUD)

For a true hands free driving experience, heads-up display is the way to go. Heads-up display technology can turn any smartphone into a heads-up display, projecting GPS on a small transparent screen directly in from of you. Heads-up display is designed to to be compatible to both androids and iOS, allowing you to receive texts, control music and will even read you your text messages. With heads-up display you can easily upgrade any convertible and remain hands-free while on the road.

These are just a few ways you can upgrade your convertible on a budget. Widgets and gadgets that are used to upgrade your convertible are based on the owner and can be as small as a improving cup holders and headlight protectors. We’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to upgrade your convertible down below in the comments!

Scenic Drives for Winter

Driving a convertible car in the winter time can be an exhilarating experience if the climate is not too harsh and you’re properly prepared. With some decent weather and awesome upgrades like a wind diffuser, portable heater, and a few cozy blankets, the adventure never has to end! As with any road trip, winter driving means you’ll need to check the tire pressure before heading out and make sure your convertible is ready for the challenge. Once that’s taken care of, you should check out some of these scenic drives we and our fans have come to love.

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway is an iconic stretch of highway that hugs the California coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This beautiful highway is 659 miles long with only a few spots where the coast is not visible. The drive offers amazing sunsets and views of the cliffs you can enjoy for miles. It is the longest state highway in the nation and, along with many other amazing landmarks, is the pride of California.

Red Rock Scenic Byway

The Red Rock Scenic Byway in Arizona boasts some of the most extraordinary views in the country. The red rocks display an endless array of formations and colors with incredible and historic points of interest along the way. The byway runs through Coconino National Forest and along portions of Dry Beaver Creek with plenty of scenic stops along the way.

Capital of Texas Highway

The Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) is a scenic route along west Austin and winds through the Texas Hill Country. The highway shows off excellent views of downtown Austin and the capitol building as well as some of the most breathtaking views of the Colorado River, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and the Wild Basin Wilderness Reserve. This highway is popular among amateur and professional cyclists due to its hilly nature, so keep an eye out when enjoying this amazing drive.

State Route 197 – Georgia

The southeastern USA enjoys some of the most iconic and breathtaking views in the nation and Georgia’s State Route 197 is no exception. State Route 197 runs along portions of the Soquee River, curves around Moccasin Creek Cove, and connects with Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway at its most northern point. Enjoy all that Nantahala National Forest to offer, as well, as you course along this beautiful stretch of highway.

These are just a few of our favorite drives for enjoying your convertible during the winter months. Always make sure the weather is agreeable and you and your convertible are up for the drive. Be safe and smart out there and don’t forget to share your experiences with us. Share you stories and thoughts in the comments below!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter is Here – Time to Invest in Your Convertible

It’s that time of year again when convertible tops need a little extra TLC. We all know that winter can wreak havoc on a convertible car’s top and interior. The cold temperatures will slightly contract fabrics making them more susceptible to cracks and tears. Allowing any amount of snow or fallen debris to settle on your convertible will slowly begin to compromise the fabric and leave you with stains or worse. So, we’ve put together some tips for keeping your convertible in top shape and ready for action even in the winter months.

Clean It

It may sound simple, but keeping your convertible top clean is one of the best ways to prevent premature cracks and tearing. You’ll need to use a compatible soft top cleaner to shampoo the top and a soft bristle brush to keep from scratching the top when removing debris. Once your convertible top is clean, you’ll want to apply a conditioner designed prevent water and stains from settling into the fabric.

Cover It

Covering your convertible will prevent any and all debris from settling on your car any time of year. However, it will only slightly protect your vehicle from harsh temperatures in winter. Car covers are now made with durable materials designed for inclement weather and they will prevent windshields from fogging and freezing over. Make sure you buy a fitted car cover to ensure it doesn’t blow away in harsh wind. Keeping your convertible covered in a closed garage is still the safest way to store your car especially for extended periods of time.

Repair It

If you find any tears, no matter how small, repair them before winter gets too out of control. Any tears in the seams or anywhere on the fabric will begin the slow destruction of the convertible’s interior. Cold air and moisture are a car interior’s worst enemy and will warp and discolor everything from the car seats to the dashboard. Repairing or replacing your convertible top will help maintain the car’s value and ensure you aren’t disappointed once the weather warms back up!

Drive It

You’ll want to drive your convertible regularly even when it’s cold outside. It’s important to keep the fluids in the car moving around and the electrical system charged. Even if you have to keep the top up at all times, you’ll be helping your car stay ready for when those sunny days return!

It’s important to show your convertible plenty of love during the harsh winter months. Investing in your convertible during the winter will ensure it’s in peak condition when it’s time to drop the top again! What are your favorite tips for keeping your convertible in tip top shape during winter? Share your stories in the comments below!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tips for Staying Warm with the Convertible Top Up

While most people might see a convertible as a non-conventional vehicle to drive during the winter, convertible owners know that it’s perfectly practical to drive one year-round. Over time, winterizing your convertible has become easier to do. Today’s modern convertibles are designed to adapt to their environment. However, if you have an older convertible or you’re concerned about how to stay warm in the winter with your convertible, we can help you.

1.     Hard Top vs Soft Top

A hard top convertible will allow you to have more insulation against cold weather and will also prevent heat from escaping once it comes into contact with roof, as it would do in a soft top. Soft top convertibles, although they’ve advanced to weather-proofing fabric, are still composed of fabrics which will allow some hot air that rises to escape your vehicle at a faster rate than a hard top. Although, a soft top will still provide you with a protective barrier from the cold while you drive your convertible around in the winter.

2.     Don’t Operate Roof in Cold Temperatures

If possible, try to store your convertible with the roof up. This will prevent damage to the interior of your convertible. Along with that, you should prevent operating your roof while it’s cold. Operating your roof between “up” and “down” can cause soft top convertible fabrics to rip due to the effects of the cold air on the fibers of the fabric which can weaken elasticity and inhibit the ability to stretch normally. When this happens, it can cause the fabric to rip as it stretches out to close after being left down in the cold for long periods of time. Not only can the fabric rip, but extreme cold weather can stiffen windows while the top is up. So, if you lower the top, this may cause cracking along the seams. To prevent this from happening, it’s safer to ride with your convertible top up at all times when the weather is extremely cold.

3.     Check the Weather

Soft top convertibles will effectively prevent snow and rain from getting into your car. That being said, check the weather. Soft top convertibles aren’t made to withstand the same weight as a hard top. If there’s heavy snow predicted for your day, storing your soft top convertible outside may not be the wisest choice. While the fabrics are extremely durable and weatherproof, they’re not able to carry as much weight on top. Checking the weather and brushing off your soft top can prevent damage to your roof during the winter months. Be smart about when you use your convertible when it’s cold outside and always keep it free from settling snow and debris.

4.     Dress Appropriately

Don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable to the extreme winter weather while driving your convertible. Be aware of road conditions and the weather before you leave to your destination. Wear layers when necessary and, more importantly, opt-in for driving gloves. Driving gloves are designed to enhance your safety while driving, allowing you full functionality and grip while providing you with warmth. As convertibles have advanced, the heating systems have improved as well. Many convertibles today are made to provide you with optimal heating so that you are never cold while driving. The major difference in how warmth compares in a soft top and hard top convertible during winter is that a soft top will require that your engine is running to maintain its heat since the top will allow warm air to escape more rapidly. So plan accordingly and you’ll be able to stay warm and enjoy the drive comfortably.

Keep in mind how severe the winters get where you live and plan ahead. With the right precautions you can enjoy traveling on the road in your convertible year round and store it safely, regardless of the weather. If you need more information on how to prepare and winterize your convertible, check out our previous blog post here. Tell us about your experiences driving in the winter in your convertible and feel free to share your favorite ways to keep warm in the winter while driving in your convertible with the top up down in the comments below!

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