With a bit of care, you can keep your child safe around cars. A good place to start is making sure you keep up with regular car care like tire, auto air and brake service.
We’re just days away from the three-day Fourth of July weekend and lots of drivers are planning to hit the road for the holiday. Some are waiting until Friday. Others, headed to events like the Erath 4th of July Celebration, will be leaving earlier. Many will be taking their kids along.
Whether you’re staying home or traveling far from the New Orleans area, it’s always good to be aware of the dangers of kids and cars. Of course, when you – and your kids – are distracted by new sites, sounds and lots of traffic, it’s easier for an accident to happen. And, if you don’t have kids, you need to be even more aware that other people do and they could be running around parking lots, gas pumps and other places you may not be expecting them.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to help keep kids safe in and around cars, so it’s offering these reminders of common dangers that drivers and passengers should be especially aware of:
"Backover - Backing over a child can cause serious injury or even death. This type of accident typically occurs when a driver backing out of a driveway or parking space does not see a child behind the vehicle. To prevent backovers, tell children not to play around vehicles. Before getting into a vehicle, check around and behind the vehicle, as well as the surrounding area, to ensure that no children are present.
"Heatstroke - Heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths not caused by a crash for children under the age of 14. Vehicles can heat up very quickly in almost all weather conditions. You should never leave a child unattended in a car, no matter how short the stop, or what the weather is, even if the windows are cracked.
"Rollaway - Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle that has the ignition on or the keys in the ignition is never safe. Unattended children can accidentally cause the vehicle to roll or even drive away, especially if the engine is running.
"Seat Belt Entanglement - Children can get bored during car trips and may play with the seat belt – sometimes pulling the seat belt all the way out and accidentally wrapping it around their head and neck. Any seat belts you don’t use should be buckled and locked to prevent entanglement. You can also prevent entanglement by making sure your child is properly restrained and teaching children that seat belts are not toys."
Of course, one of the best ways to keep kids safe is to make sure your car is in good working order. You want to make sure that, at the very least, your tires, brakes and air conditioning are in tiptop shape. In greater New Orleans, the place to come for auto air service, tire service and a brake checkup is Twin Tire and Auto Care. Twin Tire stocks all brands, sizes and styles of tire to suit you and your driving needs.
Twin Tire has been the trusted auto care expert in the New Orleans area since 1973. We’re locally owned, so we’re here for you. And we have three convenient locations in Hammond, Harvey and Marrero for cars and light trucks. We also have a shop in Harahan to service heavy commercial trucks. But you need to get that brake, auto air and tire service done now, because Twin Tire will be closed Saturday so our employees can celebrate America’s birthday.
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