Don't Drive Your Car This Winter Without Knocking On The Hood First, Here's Why
Michelle Shreeve 12/12/2016
Now that winter is finally here, it is time to start shoveling snow, bundling up before you go outside, and scraping the ice off of your car windows. After all, it is the bittersweet time of year we all look forward to.
While you may feel like you are taking the necessary steps to handle the winter, there might be one additional task that you may have overlooked. A task that if you don't do, could end up being very dangerous.
During the winter, depending on where you live, temperatures can range anywhere from below zero to mid seventies for the high (which is actually quite chilly for some!). It doesn't phase some of us, as we do the same routine each year when the time does come to start turning on the heater. However, do you think you do everything that is necessary to prepare for the winter season?
One thing you might have overlooked regards your vehicle. Each morning, before you leave for work, you should be knocking on your car hood--and no, it's not for mechanical reasons. Here's why...
If you park your car on the driveway or out on the street, know that it could very well be a place of shelter for cats. After all, it is probably freezing outside for them, and they often look for places of shelter. What better place than under the hood of your car, where it is nice and warm?
If you don't knock on your hood, or honk the horn before you start your car - believe it or not, you're putting lives in danger. You could very well have a cat sleeping in the hood of your car, and not even know it. By the time you start your engine, it might not be a sufficient amount of time for them to jump out. Do the math with what could happen.
Dane County Humane Society spokesperson Gayle Viney told the Capital Times:
"Cats seeking warmth have been known to crawl into engine compartments in cars that have recently been driven. This can be fatal to the cat if the car is started."
It would be easier if everyone just kept their cats indoors, as no one would ever have to deal with this problem. However, think about your neighbor's cats who are also outdoor cats, as well as the feral cats that may be roaming your streets at night. At one point or another, out of your control, it may just happen to you.
You can prevent accidentally driving away with a cat under your hood by knocking on the hood every morning before you start your engine. You can also honk the horn to ensure no cats are within the hood of your car. By doing this, you are preventing a terrible tragedy from happening--such as a cat trying to jump out of your car while you are driving at a fast speed. Or, something way worse.
Another way you can prevent having a stowaway under your hood, is by building an outdoor cat shelter for the neighborhood cats to stay warm in. This way, when winter arrives, hopefully they will choose the shelter you built them instead of under the hood of your car.
Watch this video to see what happened to this poor cat.
This is a great warning to tell your neighbors, as you never know when a stowaway could be in the hood of someone's car. If you have regular neighborhood watch meetings, bring this issue up to help spread the word, and save the lives of cats.