Summer is in full swing! Summer comes with routine changes, vacations and summer camps. Sadly summer also brings sad stories of children dying from heat strokes after being left in cars. Since 1998, it has been reported that 701 children have died from heat strokes after being left in hot cars. The temperatures in cars rise significantly during the hot summer months. In some areas of the country, inside car temps have been known to reach or surpass 100 degrees.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid this costly mistake…
Look before you lock! Develop the habit of looking in the back seat before you lock and leave your car. To develop the habit, start doing it when you’re riding alone. By the time you start ‘Mom’s summer taxi,’ the habit will be second nature.
Create easy reminders. Place your purse, briefcase or lunch bag in the back seat when you ride with your children. This will help create an instinctive reminder to look for the item and in turn remind you your little one is still in the back seat.
Check-in! If your daily routine has changed and someone else is driving your kids to school, daycare or summer camp check in to make sure everyone is okay. Make checking in part of your normal daily routine. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Keep your keys safe. We’re already in the habit of locking our cars but we should also get in the habit of keeping our keys out of reach. 1 in 3 heat strokes occur because children gain unattended access to a car. Keep your keys on your person and safely out of reach.
For more summer safe driving tips, visit www.safecar.gov. Have a safe, fun and happy summer.
See you on the road!
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller