Every Parent Should Know These 5 Vital Car Safety Tips
Cailyn Finkel 11/1/2018
Smart cars are the wave of the future - and there's no denying they've made our lives so much easier. With built-in navigation screens, keyless ignitions and hands-free phone services, it feels like there's nothing our fancy pants, futuristic vehicles can't do!
But even with all of these incredible advances in safety technology, new problems arise regularly.
Sadly, these dangers have claimed the lives of children around the country, as well as their loved ones. That why Janette Fennell, president of the "Kids and Cars" safety organization, decided to share her car safety tips online. Hopefully, her tools can keep you and your family out of harm's way if things get dicey...
One of the most innovative changes to the car industry was the introduction of the push-to-start ignition. Cars with this feature may be great to use since all you have to do is press a button to drive, but they also can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.
This type of ignition makes it easy to forget to turn off your car after you pull into the garage - and several minutes of your car running with the garage door down can lead to a potentially deadly buildup of carbon monoxide.The worst part is, with today's ultra-quiet engines, you might not even realize it's still running!
Due to the uptick in poisonings, Janette explains that everyone should install a carbon monoxide detector in their garage. Having the detector in the garage can keep your family safe when unexpected inattention gets in the way.
The days of rolly windows have long-since passed. And that means you don't have to burn all of your energy cranking the windows up and down. While this is great for our sore arms, it can be somewhat dangerous for children.
Did you know that it only takes 22 pounds of force to smash a child's throat? But most automatic windows in cars have 30 to 80 pounds of force - meaning your little one could easily injure themselves if they were to get stuck in the window.
Thankfully, there's an easy solution when it comes to automatic windows. Automatically-reversing car windows have the ability to stop in their tracks and roll back down in the event of pressure pushed against it. The moment your little one's fingers, arms or (God-forbid) throat gets stuck, the window rolls down and they're able to slip out unharmed.