Please remind your readers to check their bonnet catches properly after closing them.

Now we are in the grip of winter, can I remind drivers to properly check their bonnet catches with a quick tug upwards. In the cold of last winter and probably in a bit of a rush, I topped up the screen wash in preparation for a 200-mile journey and closed the bonnet with a bang. 100 miles later whilst on the A43 I overtook a 4x4 who then drew up behind and continued to flash me, because of the snow on the side of the dual carriageway I continued to the next exit to pull off. The driver followed me and pointed out that my bonnet was being held down only by the safety catch.

Asked on 18 February 2012 by NH, Wakefield

Answered by Honest John
Very sensible advice. The saline solution of road salt, melted snow and rain washes out the grease in the bonnet catch mechanism, so this does need to be regularly checked and re-greased.
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