Summer Cars: How Safe Are Convertibles?
It’s summertime again. You and your friends doing the same things like On The Road movie, hitting the California highways, the wind touching your hair, you’ll feel the sun in your face while playing your road trip music. Doing these things makes you feel young, wild and free. Best vacation isn’t it?
Having a convertible car makes you look sexy. You feel the openness every time you drive. But the question is, how safe are they?
What is the danger of a convertible car?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): “Death rates aren’t higher in convertibles, but a roof still is safer.”
Statistically, 20 percent of car crashes with a fatal outcome involve a vehicle being overturned while only five percent of car accidents involve a rollover. This translates to a very high rate of car accident deaths from a small percentage of vehicle rollovers.
Reasons why convertibles are dangerous:
- passengers might fly out of their seats
- many lack some of the protective features that are more common in sedans
- falling debris can easily get into you
Cars.com reports that most convertibles have not been crash-tested. And even though many convertibles are derivatives of non-convertible vehicles from the same manufacturer, drivers should never transfer non-convertible crash data to convertible versions since the convertibles lack the rigid roofs that are so critical to how a vehicle fares in a crash.
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