Don’t just give a few taps, take a look! please drivers, it doesn’t take long to check your wheels and under your car. <3
Check the top of the wheels like in this photo. If a cat is asleep on top of your wheel and you start your car and pull out, the cat might not have enough time to react and jump off the wheel before it turns over, and the kitty gets smashed, happens a lot with younger cats like kittens.
Give a quick check under the hood, cats climb up into cars from underneath. Checking under the hood is the best way to see if the kitty is there, because most outside cats are not gonna give out their location by meowing when you knock, and tapping/honking won’t do any good if the kitty is stuck. Look for kitty fluff, paw prints, and if it’s night time shine a flashlight and look for the glowing eyes - look for any evidence of a kitty cat.
If you start your car and drive off with a cat on the engine, you’ll cook their little feet, severally burn them. They can die very easily being inside a car.
If the cat is physically jammed inside the workings of what’s under your hood, you might even have to call the local SPCA/fire department/police, some one to come help get the kitty unstuck. If you hear a cat or can hear breathing/movement but don’t see the animal PLEASE don’t start the car. It could be stuck deep inside your car under the hood.