This is a question we get from time to time. We will have someone bring in their convertible for service and they will say they are considering a trip down to DC or up to Nova Scotia and want to know if it is safe to have te top up on the highway.
It sounds like a good question, right? Well, it is! And the answer may surprise you. Safety-wise, it really doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of difference whether you have the top up or down in a convertible when you are driving on the highway. Why is that? Well, the top of a convertible is cloth. So if you are hit from above or rollover, cloth isn’t going to protect you very much. So, what it really comes down to is personal preference.
You do have a lot more visibility when you are driving with the top down, but the sound of the wind and the beating of the wind against your face can make it a really unpleasant experience. The times I have driving a convertible on the highway, I like to keep the top down. It’s just more comfortable. You can always put the top up when you get off the highway and the speed with the wind is much reduced. That is usually quite comfortable – if it is sunny!
If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!