I waited until I was fifty years old to buy my first convertible. I selected the Volkswagen Eos hard top. I wanted a hardtop because the salt air and harsh sun of Florida tends to decimate a ragtop. I have become wise in the ways of owning a convertible in Florida.
Do Not Put The Top Down on the Interstate
So, you just arrived at Miami International and picked up your sleek and stealthy convertible. Let the vacation begin. Your first instinct is to put the top down. Everyone you pass will be impressed with your coolness and suavity. Resist the urge because-
- Miami International, as are many Florida Airports, is in a rough neighborhood. Don’t be a robbery victim before you get to your South Beach hotel.
- Rain. Sun showers are frequent in South Florida. You would be fine if you never stopped, but Miami traffic always stops.
- Sparks, cigarette butts, and other litter will hit you in the face, lap, and arms. Not cool.
- Bugs. Teeth. Ewwwwww.
- Head injury. Miami traffic is fast, dangerous, and erratic. In a convertible flip, the interstate always wins.
- Once you get on the smaller, slower roads simply pull over and then engage the button for top down.
This is just my opinion, and I see many convertibles on the interstate. I travel I-95 every single day. Traffic moves at 70-80 mph and daily I see several accidents. I choose to play it safe. I lower the top when driving up the coastline, traveling through neighborhoods, and enjoying Sunday slow outings.
Put the Top Up When Shopping # 1
I know you are just running in for a minute. Still, take the time to put the top up. According to www.neighborhoodscout.com there were 727,075 violent crimes and crimes against property in Florida It also states that the Florida population is 19,317,568, therefore, your odds are 1 in 205 that you may be a victim. You could lose–
- Your luggage
- Your car charger
- Your favorite Ray Bans
- And the car radio system
Put the Top Up When Shopping # 2
Florida has an anomaly called a Sun Shower. The sky will be blue and the sun winking at you and it will rain. And then rain more. www.average-rainfall.weatherdb.com shows the yearly average rainfall for North Miami Beach to be 63.92. Rain equals-
- Flooding interiors
- Wet seats
- Malfunctioning electronics like the car charger and radio
4- Ruined leather and clothe interior
5- Days to dry out and then a funky smell
Do Not Buy the First Candy Apple Red Who Winks At You
Consult the article, “10 Best Road Trip Convertibles” at Kelley Blue Book. www.kbb.com/convertible/ can also help you narrow down your choices. Always consider–
4- Your current climate
I love my car. When the top is disappearing it looks like something out of The Transformers. People actually stop and stare. When I buy my Christmas tree, I put it in the back seat with the top down. After school, I lower the roof and a sense of freedom washes over me. My mileage is great and the car is roomy. I do not care if my hair gets messy or the sun beats down on my shoulders. But the convertible is not for everyone, so consider everything that comes with the purchase. If you do become a Convertibalite, remember my rules and carry on.