3 Hidden Vehicular Dangers that Parents Should Protect Their Kids From
Life as a parent can be summed up in one word. Frantic. The more kids you have, the more time you’re going to end up chasing, warning, lecturing or generally scrambling to keep everyone in line. All of this commotion tends to make parents absent-minded overtime. Which is a dangerous thing when you consider the risks of being distracted in or around vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that “Keeping children safe extends beyond car seats… it is imperative to never leave children alone in or around a vehicle, for any reason. It can only take a minute for unexpected risks to seriously injure or kill your child.” Here are a few threats to beware of if you don’t want your kids to get hurt around cars:
1. Getting Backed-Over:
Toddlers and young kids are very adventurous. They love to crawl, stroll, or hide in all sorts of places – including a vehicle’s blind spot. When backing out of a garage, or any kind of domestic parking, always make sure that there are no kids obstructing your path. Be paranoid about checking whether they followed you, or whether they could be playing in nearby secluded areas as you attempt to drive.
One of the easiest mistakes for an absent-minded parent to make is locking kids in a car on a hot day. As outrageous as it sounds, this happens often with parents who have busy schedules or demanding lifestyles. Every time you exit a vehicle, do an inspection through the window to confirm whether you forgot anything in there. This is necessary not only to conceal personal property, but also to rescue kids who could end up dying from exposure to heat.
3. Getting Locked in the Trunk:
Whenever kids play hide and seek, they get really creative with hiding spots. Unfortunately, some hiding spots can transform into death traps under the wrong circumstances. Whether or not they’ve attempted to access your car before, teach your kids not to hide in the trunk when playing. And if your trunk has a release hatch from the inside, show your kids how to use it in case they ever get stuck in there.
Traffic collisions aren’t the only way for vehicles to cause injury to kids. Whether seated inside a car, or merely playing in the vicinity of a car, kids are in danger of being harmed if neglected. Always be alert if you know that your kids are in proximity with a car. Double check to make sure that they’re within your line of sight, and make sure to use federally-approved child-restraint systems when necessary. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!