One Tesla X driver has learned the hard way that they should probably keep their doors closed while the vehicle is moving.
The model’s distinctive falcon-wing doors are an impressive feature – that is until on this occasion when they caused an accident in London on Sunday, Business Insider reported.
Within a matter of seconds from the camera rolling, the open door managed to collide with a double-decker bus, completely smashing the front windscreen, side of the driver cab and advertising board.
As you can imagine, the whole incident gave the bus driver and a nearby pedestrian who was about to cross the road an awful fright.
It’s not known whether the open doors were the result of a vehicle malfunction or whether it was a stupid idea by the driver to keep the door open.
But the warning signs seem pretty hard to miss.
Apparently, Tesla X do have at least three warnings whenever the door is open (one of which you can’t clear) and an audible tone that also lets you know. Not to mention the on-screen visual showing which door is open with the opened door being highlight red, Jalopnik reported.
Transport for London confirmed to indy100 the incident took place on Chase Side, Southgate at around 16:45 on Saturday 14 August and a route 125 bus, operated by Metroline, was involved in the incident.
In a statement, Tom Cunnington, TfL’s head of bus business development told indy100:
“We are aware of an incident involving a route 125 bus on Saturday in Southgate, and a video on social media of the incident that shows what happened from an onlooker’s perspective.
He added: “It must have been a really nasty shock for the bus driver, who we wish well, and we are supporting the bus operator’s ongoing investigation.”