To many, there is nothing more exhilarating than the thrill of driving down the open road with the top down, hair blowing in the wind, listening to the sheer roar of engine power. With the increasing popularity of convertibles, many manufacturers have adapted some of their basic sedans and now offer them with a convertible option. The biggest problem that this poses is making the convertible safe to drive, without the strength of the roof struts etc, especially if involved in roll-over accidents, when the roof plays an important part in the rigidity of the body.
Many manufacturers have embraced the problem and come up with innovative safety ideas, including using stronger materials in the body and floor to absorb more of the shock if there is an accident. Some are manufactured with an extra strong frame around the windshield which acts as a kind of safety roll bar. A rear fitted roll bar is also sometimes evident to help protect passengers in the rear of the car.
Many convertibles have extremely innovative and stylish designs with state of the art retractable hard tops, or alternatively can be purchased with traditional soft cloth top versions. What could be more convenient or classy than to turn your cozy sedan into a sporty convertible at the push of a single button? Long gone are the days when it took an entire team an age to struggle to put the roof up just as the rain started, many times the shower had passed by the time you have achieved your mission.
If you are in the market for a new convertible, it is worth doing your homework and checking out the latest designs and safety techniques used. A good shopping guide is to use the Internet, all of this information is available on manufacturers own websites, and whether you are buying a new or a used convertible, you will still find lots of invaluable information to help you make your final decision.
Whether you fancy driving around in a converted Volkswagen Beetle, or you feel that a Mustang is more your style, there is sure to be something which perfectly fits with you and your budget. There really is nothing nicer than to drive around on a beautiful sunny day with the wind in your hair and the air rushing across your face. The whole driving experience just gets a whole heap better.