The sun is glowing on your skin and the wind is blowing through your hair. This kind of epic awesomeness can only come from driving a drop top. It’s the type of vehicle that begs you to leave your worries behind and drive off somewhere scenic.
But the exhilaration of driving a convertible comes with added risks and responsibilities. If you’re planning on driving in a drop top this summer these tips will help you stay safe while you have fun.
Drop Top Driving Tip #1 – Know How to Work the Top
Before you can cruise with the top down you’ve got to know how to drop the top. Take a few minutes to practice opening and closing the top a few times. It’s also a good idea to read up on when it is and isn’t safe to work electronic tops. For instance, putting the top up while you’re moving is almost always a no-no.
Drop Top Driving Tip #2 – Always Buckle Up
No matter what car you’re in, always buckle up. It’s the law and it’s just plain common sense. In a convertible, drop top or T top it’s an absolute must due to the added risk if a collision occurs.
Drop Top Driving Tip #3 – Wear Shades
Sunglasses provide two major benefits when you’re driving a convertible. Those benefits are reduced sun glare and less wind whipping in your eyes. Both can be major distractions when you’re driving.
Drop Top Driving Tip #4 – Never Leave Valuables in the Car
Don’t give thieves an easy score. Always lock up and keep valuables out of sight, especially if you have a rag top convertible that can be cut open.
Drop Top Driving Tip #5 – Cut the Noise by Rolling Up the Windows
One of the few downsides of driving with the top down is wind noise. You can hear other passengers and the radio a lot better by keeping the side windows rolled up when the top is down.
Drop Top Driving Tip #6 – Keep a Few Environmental Essentials in the Glove Box
In a convertible or T-top you’re more exposed to the elements. Plan to thwart mother nature by keeping sunscreen, a windbreaker, caps and hair ties in the glove box or center console.
Drop Top Driving Tip #7 – Tops Up During Bad Weather
When the weather takes a turn it’s time to put the top up. Rain, or worse hail, is a serious distraction that can compromise components and make the seats a mess. As soon as you notice signs of a storm, pull over and make sure the roof is securely in place.
Drop Top Driving Tip #8 – Secure Loose Items
The second you take off with the top down everything that isn’t secured is going to blow around. Make it a rule that all garbage is kept in a trash bag. It’s also good practice to do a quick check for loose items before putting the car in drive.
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