You don’t have to be a “Dukes of Hazzard” fan to know that sliding over the hood of a car is pretty much the coolest thing a person can do.
Imagine walking back to your car with a group of people. You’re approaching from the passenger side. All of a sudden, you casually and flawlessly land a hood slide to make the Duke boys proud. Better yet, the window is down, and you pull off the perfect window entrance. You’d be the talk of the town after a move like that. But be warned, “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider has a word of caution for those attempting something so bold.
The patented “Dukes of Hazzard” maneuver is not for the faint of heart. Then again, neither are most of the things that the Duke cousins did. But, where jumping a car off an embankment isn’t realistic for the average person, a simple window slide is somewhat reasonable.
In a 2018 interview with Viral Hare, John Schneider offered some advice for those daring souls who must enter their cars through their windows.
“But an important thing, if you slide into a window is you have to have, this is a must this is not a maybe, you have to remove the unlock post from the door, ’cause if you don’t you get caught on it. Some people want me to slide into the window of their car and I will, but not if the unlock post is there because that’s no fun,” Schneider said.
It seems like common sense. But that fact that the “Dukes of Hazzard” star felt the need to share means that it’s probably a more common oversight than one might think.
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The good news is, the window entrance shouldn’t be an issue for most modern cars. The locking systems are all buried in the doors themselves now. But back in the day, virtually every car, including the General Lee, had that bothersome little post you had to pull up and push down.
The even better news is that there are literal hours of footage for aspiring hood sliders and window jumpers to comb through. For reference, the very first time that Bo and Luke try the stunt on “The Dukes of Hazzard” is included for your viewing pleasure below.
And before you start thinking to yourself “Oh, that’s so easy,” know that Tom Wopat actually injured himself during this very attempt. He initially wanted to clear the hood entirely. Alas, he tripped, slide, and sliced his arm open. You can hear him yelp as he catches the antenna on the way over.