1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Exiting the Roll Cage
October 25, 2013
See that fat metal bar just waiting for someone to stumble over it and break his neck? That's our 1997 project Miata's roll cage bar and while it's a useful addition on track days, it can make getting out of the car during everyday use a hassle.
After a few experiences that involved me lurching and staggering out of the vehicle like a drunken sailor, I finally came up with a technique that allows me to make a more controlled exit. Here's how it goes:
1) I open the driver-side door as wide as it will go.
2) I put my left hand on the roll cage bar and my right hand on the emergency brake.
3) I then swing my left leg over the roll cage bar and place it on the ground outside the vehicle.
4) Finally, while gripping the bar and emergency brake, I use my arms to vault myself out of the vehicle, much like I imagine someone would use his upper-body strength to lift himself out of a wheelchair.
ot a perfectly graceful exit strategy by any means, but much better than the approach I was taking before.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor