Keeping Kids and Dogs Out of Hot Cars

July 12th, 2014 by

As a top Cincinnati Ohio used cars dealership, McCluskey Automotive is committed to providing safe and reliable cars for all our customers. However, buying those cars is only the first step to driver safety. You are responsible for what happens with that car after you drive off the lot, and the choices you make will have a big impact on your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Unfortunately, as the summer has been heating up across the country, the news has been rife with reports of children and animals being left in hot cars

and either dying or becoming seriously injured. According to a report by NBC News, being left in a hot car is the second cause of vehicle-related death for children under 14 (after crashes). The majority of cases occur between June and August. So far this year, there have been 16 deaths around the country.

These accidents happen because people do not realize how hot it can get in the car or how quickly those temperatures can have adverse affects. It can take only 10 minutes for the temperature to rise 20 degrees or more. Even if the temperatures outside are cool or moderate, it can become very hot inside the car. For example, when it is 60 degrees outside, it can reach 110 degrees or more in the car. Children can die when the temperature is only 107, and their body temperature rises much faster than an adult’s.

Rolling down a window is not sufficient to reduce the risk. The only way to ensure that your children or your pets are safe is to take them out of the car. Even if you have to run in “just for a second,” you should never leave them inside when the car is not running. If you can’t take your children or pets with you, you should leave them at home or you should go out with another adult who can stay in the car while the engine is running.

Some automakers are trying to find solutions to the problem, such as a system that can detect the temperature of the car and the heartbeat of a person or pet inside. If the temperature is at a dangerous level while someone is inside, the system would sound the horn or another alarm to attract attention.

Until such systems are available, it is important that drivers take this issue seriously and take precautions themselves. What you think may be an errand that will last only a few minutes could result in deadly consequences.