An Important Summer Car Reminder

With the summer heat here, it is a great time to remember just how deadly a motor vehicle can be whenever kids and pets are left unattended.  Heat is among the biggest weather-related killers in the US.

At Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, MO, the focus isn’t just on repairing vehicles, it’s on protecting the well-being of the drivers and passengers in those motor vehicles any time they're on the highway.

collision repair center metro east st louis chesterfield missouri auto body repairWe would like to do everything we can to teach drivers about the safety of their motor vehicles in the summer sun.  Car Craft Chesterfield encourages motorists to plan their trips so you don't have to leave somebody – or any pet – in a motor vehicle that isn’t operating with the air condition switched on.  And, it’s vital that you keep in mind that even a few minutes in a hot car or truck can have devastating effects.  You always need to take those extra precautions to guarantee the safety of your kids.

Studies show that the temperature inside a parked motor vehicle can rapidly rise to a harmful level for children, pets and even adults.  Leaving the windows slightly open doesn't considerably decrease the heating rate.  On an 85-degree day, the temperature within a automobile with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes.  After a half hour, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, a multitude of youngsters and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia every year.  Hyperthermia is an acute condition that develops when the body absorbs more heat than it can take care of.  Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day.  The effects can be more severe on youngsters since their bodies warm at a faster rate than grownups.

The non-profit safety group, KidsandCars.org states that many heat-related vehicular tragedies occur because a driver occasionally forgets a child is there.  Youngsters can also get into unlocked cars and trucks without any grownup knowing it happened.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has some tips to help keep children and pets safe throughout the heat of summer:

  • Never leave young ones, disabled adults or pets alone in a hot car, even briefly
  • Always check the front and back seats of the car before you lock it and leave
  • See a child alone in a warm car? Call 911 right away. Get them out as soon as possible if they're in distress
  • Put your purse, briefcase, or something else you need by the car seat so you do not neglect to check
  • Always lock your automobile when it’s empty so children can’t get in without you knowing

The people at Car Craft Chesterfield in Chesterfield, Missouri also assisting the people in West County, Chesterfield, Wildwood, Ellisville, and Ballwin, Missouri are so happy that you're taking the time to read about the value of summer motor vehicle safety. If you want more superb advice, stop by our shop today.