A very scary thing which is rare but can happen on the road, is if your bonnet flies open when you are driving. This is only likely to happen if there is already a problem with your bonnet, and will never usually happen with a car that is in completely perfect working order. However, you may not know that there is something wrong with your bonnet, and so may be taken by surprise if it suddenly flies open on the road.
Regardless of whether you are on a quiet road or a motorway, this experience is likely to be fairly traumatic and is very likely to cause a Tunbridge Wells car accident if you don’t know how to deal with it. Here are some ways in which you can avoid causing a Tunbridge Wells car accident when your bonnet flies open.
- Breathe. The first thing not to do is panic. If you are panicking then you will forget every other step and may find yourself in even more danger. Take half a second to breathe and focus on what you need to do – you can panic once you have stopped the car.
- Check your mirrors. Look in all of your mirrors to see what is happening all around you. Even if you can’t see out of the windscreen, knowing what is happening everywhere else will help you to steer.
- Hold tight to the steering wheel. If the bonnet is up then there will be much stronger wind resistance which can pull you off the road or pull the car out of your control. Counter this by holding onto the steering wheel tight and trying to keep the car going in one line.
- Brake. Don’t think that you have to perform an emergency stop, as this could make cars behind you crash into you. Just try to brake slowly whilst you get the car off of the road, or at least to one side so the other cars can get past you.
Claim compensation for a Tunbridge Wells car accident
You may be able to claim compensation for a Tunbridge Wells car accident where either your bonnet or the bonnet of the other car was open when the crash happened. However, in situations like this there is a grey area which is not always clear. The best way to find out whether your Tunbridge Wells car accident warrants a compensation claim or not is to speak to the friendly, helpful team at Accident Advice Helpline. The helpline is available on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and the team will be more than happy to discuss your options with you.
Date Published: 12th June 2014
Author: David Brown