Summer is officially here in the Valley, with recent temperatures pushing into the high triple digits. This summer heat can lead to lots of fun: swimming and road trips to the ocean in your new Surprise Nissan car, but it can also be a time of potential tragedy with the increased risk of children and pets being left in hot cars. To help avoid these accidents, we’ve put together a few tips on how drivers can change simple areas of their routine to help keep the whole family safe this summer.
1) Keep your left shoe in the backseat.
When buckling in your little one in either their car seat or seat belt, make it a habit to take off your left shoe and place it in the backseat. This acts as a big reminder to check your backseat, letting you know if you accidently forgot to head to the daycare if your morning routine goes awry.
2) “Look before You Lock”
Another great habit is to always look in the rear seat before your lock your doors. Even if you know you are 100 percent childless or pet-less, you’ll never regret taking that one final peak.
3) Set up a plan with your childcare provider.
Whether you take your child to a traditional daycare or leave them with a family member or friend, its best to set up a plan with them in case your child doesn’t show up when they normally do. Some providers may assume the child is sick or just late if they don’t come after an hour or so, and they may not contact the parent until later in the morning or day, when it’s already too late. That’s why experts recommend having a plan in place with your provider that has them call you if the child doesn’t show up at their normal time.
4) Travel with a stuffed animal.
Some experts suggest keeping a stuffed animal in your child’s car seat. When the child is in the seat, then the furry friend goes into the front seat, acting as a reminder of the baby on board.
5) Always keep your car locked.
Hot car accidents can happen even when at home, with a young child crawling into an unlocked parked car and getting trapped inside. To avoid this, always keep your car locked, even if it is safe behind a garage door.
6) Call 911 if you see a trapped child.
If you see something, say something. It can take as little as 10 minutes for a child or pet to overheat in a locked car, especially in the triple digit heat of Arizona. That’s why you should always call 911 if you see a child alone in a car. Don’t worry if the parent will be right out of a store or work, as most instances involve parents who don’t even know their child has been left.
As a leading Nissan dealer in Surprise, we hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!