8. Convertibles are less safe than cars with tops
This was true in the 1960s. It’s not always the case today. Is a brand new convertible less safe in a front end, or rear end collision than its non-convertible counterpart? Nope. In a side collision, it’s still safe, though you do have a little less structural support up high. Even in a rollover accident, popup rollbars shoot up to keep your head from hitting the ground.
The lack of safety in convertibles is such a widely held belief that some groups take it irrationally far. For example, allowing vintage hard tops with no additional safety features on a race track, while barring even the newest and safest convertibles. Which would you prefer to be in in a crash: something from the 1970s that defined safety as a padded dashboard and a seatbelt, or something that’s brand new with more safety systems than you can imagine? Thought so.
9. Raising the speed limit results in more accidents
Even the most economically-minded cars sold in the U.S. today are perfectly capable of driving at 90 mph all day long with zero issues whatsoever. Data has shown quite conclusively that a higher speed limit—or no speed limit—doesn’t have a correlation to people driving faster, because most drivers drive as fast as they're comfortable, whether that's above or below the limit. Consequently, they don't crash with greater frequency when the speed limit changes.