I think you can drive with them on if you have to. I would go the emergency top instead of a tarp. Sure, no surrounds would let more rain in but I think it would defiantly fit better than a tarp.I was hoping to buy something quick for sudden rain, but I have only the hardtop, so no door surrounds. I think this might help, but so would a 12x17 tarp with bungies. If I can't drive with it on, and the gaps are big without surrounds, it is worth the $?