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Tips for convertible driving

<p>As temperatures heat up across the country, many Canadians are working to get their “soft” bodies back in shape.</p>

Hard truths about the softer side

As temperatures heat up across the country, many Canadians are working to get their “soft” bodies back in shape.

Between lunges, crunches and situps, Chrysler thinks consumers want to firm up more than just their legs, arms and stomachs this summer. They also want to firm up their tops — their convertible tops that is. In fact, a recent Chrysler survey revealed 62 per cent of the population wants hard convertible tops.

While a majority of consumers prefer “hard” bodies and hard convertible tops, the survey also revealed a softer side of motorists. Here’s the hard truth about the softer side:

Get The Ice Cream Scoop: More of us prefer the soft serve version of the perfect summer treat — ice cream — compared to the hard, hand-packed option (50 per cent to 43 per cent).

Paperback Preference: Nearly seven out of 10 consumers (69 per cent) would rather have a soft, paperback book over a hard cover novel when reading at the beach or on a summer road trip.

Soft Rock Soothes: The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Lynard Skynard and other classic rock artists were identified for making some of the best convertible driving songs.

Raise The ‘Soft Top’ Roof: Even with the hard top option, one in three buyers (33 per cent) still prefer soft convertible tops. With a top for everyone, the new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible is the first convertible to offer three automatically latching top options: Vinyl, cloth and a body-colour painted steel retractable hard top.

No matter if you are a first-time convertible driver, planning to buy a new convertible or thinking about renting one, all convertible drivers and passengers should remember a few universal driving tips:

Lock Your Valuables: Don’t leave valuables in plain sight when parking.

Sing, Sing, Sing: Top-down fun and good music go hand in hand ... but think about what you’re blasting to those around you.

Protect Your Pet: Allow pets time to adjust to the convertible ride if they’re not used to riding with the top down.

Hair-raising Experience: Driving with the top down can add extra volume to your usual hairstyle. Take a quick peek in the mirror after arriving at your destination to make sure the extra volume is enhancing, not detracting, from your appearance.

Soak Up The Sun: Top down driving is a great way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, but don’t forget to apply sunscreen if you plan on being in the sun for an extended period of time.