Top-Down in the Cold: 5 Tips for Enjoying Your Convertible in Winter

by AutoExpert   |  26 January, 2024

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So, you're one of those cool cats with a convertible, but it's winter and you're thinking, "Now what?" No worries! You can still rock that drop-top life, even when it's chilly out. Here are five nifty tips for enjoying your convertible during those cold months.

1. Dress Like You Mean It
First things first, bundle up! Take your warmest jacket, add in thick socks, and closed shoes. Whether you're cruising with the top up or down, you've got to dress for the weather. Sure, you can crank up the heat in the car, but once you step out, brrr... it's still winter out there!

Convertible in Winter

2. Hat and Gloves Are Your Best Friends
If you're set on feeling that crisp winter air with the top down, don't forget a beanie and some gloves. Most of your body heat escapes from your head and neck, especially if you're speeding down the road with the roof stowed away. And make sure those gloves have a good grip – you need to hang onto that steering wheel!

3. Windows Up, Cozy Bubble On
Decided to go topless (the car, not you)? Then keep those windows rolled up. It creates a cozy little bubble that keeps the warmth in and cuts down on the wind noise. It's all about that perfect airflow.

Convertible in Winter

4. Crank Up the Heat
Turn on that heater and aim those vents! Get the heat blasting on your fingers to keep them from turning into icicles, and if it's super cold, warm up your feet too. For those with older convertibles, you might miss out on fancy tech like neck-warmers, but good old-fashioned heat still does the trick.

5. Roof Ready for Bad Weather
If it starts to look really nasty outside, like heavy rain or snow, it's probably a good idea to pop that roof back up. Most modern convertibles can do this super quick, often with just a button press. Just remember, driving with the top down in bad weather isn't great for your car's interior.

Convertible in Winter

FAQs

How do I keep my convertible in top shape during winter?
Make sure your car’s ready for the cold – check service items, have enough antifreeze, and pick the right tires. Keep your battery healthy, especially for electronic roof operations. For soft tops, think about a waterproofing conditioner to keep it in good condition.

Can I leave my convertible outside in winter?
If you don’t have a garage, it's okay, but try to keep it covered. Roll up the windows, close the roof, and maybe get a waterproof car cover. Got a hardtop like on a Honda S2000? Best to keep it on during winter.

Convertible in Winter

Will snow damage my soft top?
Leaving your convertible out in the snow can be tough on the fabric and frame. If you don't have a cover, gently brush off any snow buildup with a soft brush. You don't want the weight of the snow causing any damage.

Convertible driving in winter doesn't have to be a no-go. Just gear up, stay warm, and keep your car cozy. Happy winter cruising!

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