Is A Convertible Right For Your Second Car? Driving a convertible is a bit like attending an outdoor concert. If the weather is nice, it’s a wonderful experience. The cool wind in your hair, music filling the air, the feeling of openness, it’s all there. But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it can be miserable. Sure, you can put the top up, but where’s the fun in that? Here in central New York, we are blessed — or some might say cursed — with four distinct seasons. Each has an impact on the driveability of a convertible. Spring, summer and fall obviously present the best time for a top-down ride around town, but winter is outright doubtful. That leaves relatively little time to take advantage of the primary reason for choosing a convertible automobile. If you can’t put the top down, a convertible is less practical than the alternate choices. Let’s set aside the attraction of convertible-driving and look at the facts. Oneida averages 114” of snow per winter. Average number of days it rains equals 171 out of 365, nearly one out of every two days. Oneida scores a 7 out of 10 for average “mean sky coverage,” indicating that clouds cover 70 percent of the sky during the day each year. That’s not a number that embraces convertible driving choices. Given these underlying statistics, the choice of a convertible for primary driving duties may be inadvisable. As a second car, it becomes more of a personal choice. Will those distinctly select times when top-down driving is desirable overcome the majority of days when it’s not? That’s for the owner to decide. To be sure, when the weather is right, driving a convertible is one of life’s great pleasures. NYE Automotive Group is prepared to meet your needs, regardless of your choices. As a family-owned car dealership right here in Oneida, we know both the appeal of convertibles and the realities of our weather. Our trained professional sales people may not be able to ultimately make the decision of convertible or hard-top for you, but they can definitely assist in showing you the choices that are available. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.