British drivers are amongst Europe’s most conservative drivers, when it comes to taking their top off.
A new survey by Audi said that almost two thirds of British drivers are reluctant to take down the soft top of their convertible, even in the sunniest weathers. Almost half said that the looks from pedestrians and other motorists was the main reason why they felt unwilling to take down the roof on their convertible.
Interestingly, women are more likely than men to reveal themselves. 39 per cent of all female respondents to Audi’s survey said they almost always drive with their top off. The number drops to 32 per cent amongst men. In terms of geography, folk from the East Midlands aged 25-34 are most likely to indulge in a bit of al fresco driving.
Audi UK Director Martin Sander noted:
“Drivers in Britain like to know they can drop their roof, especially as the weather here is so changeable. But they also know that even with the roof up, a soft top car still looks out of the ordinary and highly desirable. In the wake of the patchy British summer of 2012, waiting times for some convertibles are coming down. Open-top fans may be able to benefit from shorter lead times on models like the A3 and A5 Cabriolets as well as sports cars like the TT Roadster and the R8 Spyder.”