Monday, July 31, 2017

Staying Safe with a Soft Top Convertible

Owning a convertible soft top is a true pleasure that brings constant joy and relaxation. There’s no better way to enjoy the open road than to pack a bag, drop-the-top and go! But, don’t forget to take all the necessary steps to keep yourself and your convertible safe to ensure your experiences always end the same way they began – in one piece. We’ve put together a list of some of the most important steps you should take to stay safe.



Keep Belongings Locked Away & Out of Site

Soft-top convertibles are extremely versatile, but not impenetrable. If the local knife enthusiast walks by and sees something they want on your passenger seat or dashboard, they can find their way in. You’ll want to keep anything of value in the trunk of your convertible; this includes electronics, clothing, jewelry and even paperwork or documents. Even if you know that bag or purse has nothing in it, the few seconds it takes to toss it in the trunk is worth avoiding a possible broken window or slashed top. Your best bet is to buy a portable safe that can be mounted in the trunk or under a seat. This ensures that, even if a suburban samurai gets through your soft top, your valuables will be safe from theft.

Take Advantage of Increased Visibility

With your convertible soft top down, your visibility is greatly improved. You’re also more exposed to the elements than non-convertible drivers are. While you’re enjoying the wind in your hair, remember to take advantage of the increased visibility. There are no b-pillars or rooftops to restrict your view of the traffic around you, so use that open space to stay hyper-aware of your surroundings. It will make for a safer drive for everyone.

Be Prepared for Increased Noise

With the top down, you’ll inevitably find yourself hearing everything. Each fence post you zip by or semi that blasts by you may seem closer than it actually is. If you’re new to driving convertibles, it’s important to acclimate yourself to this new environment to ensure you do not become spooked or over-correct when you hear the inevitable loud road noises. Just stay calm, stay aware, relax and enjoy the ride.

Keep Your Soft Top in Safe Working Condition

Keeping your soft top looking great isn’t just about…keeping your soft top looking great. Small problems tend to turn into big problems when ignored and your soft top is no different. Any compromises in the convertible mechanism can damage the system’s motor, frame, or even the body of the car. Loose parts may break free at high speeds, damaging your convertible or causing havoc to drivers behind you. Take the time to clean, inspect and maintain your convertible to ensure a safe and great looking ride.

Drive Safely

As we all know, there are plenty of dangerous drivers out there; we don’t need any more. When you’re on the road, take every step to ensure that traffic flows smoothly and you and the people around you get home safely. In the end, all we are trying to do when we’re on the road is get closer to our loved ones. Be courteous to that driver who needs to switch lanes or make a left turn. Next time, it might be you.

Tell us your most important and helpful tips for convertible drivers in the comments! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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