Discover the truth behind common myths surrounding sliding roofs on cars.

Sliding Roofs on Cars: Common Myths and Realities You Should Know

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Sun, wind, sea: The Golden State of California is ideal for cars with sliding roofs, and they are gradually gaining popularity among drivers. As with any “novelty,” myths and misconceptions about their safety arise. In this article, we will tell you which ones are true and which are not so you can make an informed decision about changing your car and choosing this functionality.

Myth 1: “Sliding Roofs Break in Collisions”

This concern is understandable, as it may seem unsafe since it is not part of the car’s hard body. To reduce the chances of breakage, most current designs feature laminated glass, similar to windshields, to achieve excellent protection against crashes and impacts, making them more resistant.

Myth 2: “Sliding Roofs Increase the Risk of Rollover”

Proper installation does not affect navigation or increase the risk of rollover. Nowadays, all vehicles undergo rigorous safety tests to ensure maximum safety, regardless of whether or not a sliding roof is present.

Myth 3: “Sliding Roofs Are Prone to Leaks and Drips”

Good maintenance and regular inspection of the seals are essential to prevent this from happening. However, due to significant technological advancements, the sealing process is very secure and prevents this inconvenience.

Myth 4: “With a Sliding Roof, You Are More Exposed to Solar Damage and Accidents”

Yes, solar exposure is more significant with an open sliding roof, but this is unrelated to the risk of accidents. Remember that the primary cause of accidents is driver distraction.

Now that you know more about the safety of this type of automobile, you can decide whether to enjoy the warmth of the sun while driving or prefer a traditional car. The decision is yours.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.