School is almost out! Summer is almost here!
Summer means fun at the beach or pool, freedom from schedules, barbecues, road trips, and new worries.
From bug bites to sunburns, the summer months offer concerns that you don’t have in the other seasons. This includes car safety when you and your kids hop in the car. Summer car safety should be a priority whether you are on a cross country excursion or simply driving to the local community pool. Here are our suggestions to keep in mind:
1. Ensure everyone uses a seatbelt.
Sarah Haverstick, safety advocate and certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for Evenflo, reminds parents, “Everyone in the car should be buckled up on every ride, and children should be in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. If you are not certain about the seat you have for your child or its installation in your car—you are not alone. Approximately 70 percent of car not installed properly! The good news is there are over 37,000 certified car seat technicians across the U.S. that can assist you.”
2. Secure any potential flying objects.
Anything not secured becomes a potential projectile in a crash. This includes unoccupied car/booster seats, strollers, large bags, and sports or outdoor equipment. 24 HR Lockouts suggest that you:
- Place loose objects in the trunk.
- Buckle up or secure unused booster seats.
- Store items, such as purses and bags, on the floorboard of the vehicle or use cargo nets in the back of SUVs.
- Use sunshades that come as window-clings, instead of those with suction cups or metal bars.
- Bring soft toy options to entertain small children, such as stuffed animals or soft covered books.
3. Never leave children in a hot car!
24 HR Lockouts has posted entire articles about this summer danger, and we will be doing so again in the future. Never, never, leave a child, or a pet, inside your car where temperatures quickly reach unsafe, dangerous levels. Whether you are driving or idle, keep the vehicle cool and ensure kids stay hydrated in hot weather.
In addition, seats and metal parts on seat belts can overheat and burn your skin. Bring along some towels to put on the seat and help little ones with their seat belts.
4. Be proactive about teen driving.
Your teen with the new driver’s license is itching for the freedom of summer. They may be behind the wheel more often, off to the beach, driving to their summer job, meeting with friends and taking day trips. It’s essential to talk frequently about safe driving habits.
This also includes distracted driving, such as texting and driving at the same time.
24 HR Lockouts is looking forward to the summer months just as you are. A little safety review will help keep you and your family happy and safe.