Booting the car

So I was going to run some errands in the car, and I thought hey: it’s about time I checked the oil. After all, it’s been a while, and I’m in no hurry for more credit card crippling repairs like last year, caused in part by leaking oil. So I reach under the seat to the bonnet release switch thingy. Pull it. Pop. Go around to the bonnet. It’s not open. Oops, I pulled the fuel door one by mistake. Reach under the seat again and pull the other one. I hear a click. But the bonnet still won’t open.

Why won’t the bonnet open? What did the repair guys to do it last time? Have they jammed it shut somehow? I peek in through the gap underneath the front. Can’t see anything untoward. I get a screwdriver and poke around in there for the catch which you usually unhook with your hand. It moves, but the bonnet still won’t budge.

I give up, and drive off, fuming that I’ll have to take it back to the repair place.

A little way down the road I look in the mirror and notice the boot lid is moving.

Sigh. Maybe I should have stayed in bed today.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.