While you’re trying to stay safe while driving, other critters may be trying to stay safe from the weather inside your car.
This time of year is popular for cats to crawl up underneath the hood of your car or into wheel wells to stay warm and sheltered.
That means once you start the engine, it could seriously mangle ‘mittens’
Staff with the Terre Haute Humane Society say they see it happen during this time of year.
That’s why if you’ve got cats in your neighborhood, they advise you bang on your hood or honk your horn before starting the engine.
“They get up in there and they know they’re out of the rain and the wind and you go to take off and they fall out,” THHS assistant manager Sarah Valentine said.
Staff say it’s better to be safe than sorry in this case. They’ve had people drive to their shelter with a cat trapped in the vehicle and even disassembled the car to get it out.