An Important Summer Car Reminder

With the summer heat upon us, it is a great time to remember just how harmful a motor vehicle can be whenever kids and pets are left unattended.  Heat is among the foremost weather-related killers in the United States.

At Car Craft Oakville in Oakville, MO, the focus is not merely on repairing vehicles, it’s on protecting the safety of the drivers and passengers in those automobiles any time they're on the highway.

collision repair center oakville missouri auto body repair center paintless dent removalWe want to do everything we can to educate drivers about the safety of their cars or trucks in the summer sun.  Car Craft Oakville encourages people to plan their trips so there is no need to leave anyone – or any pet – in a car that isn’t operating with the air condition turned on.  And, it’s necessary to keep in mind that even one or two minutes in a hot car can have disastrous effects.  You always need to take those extra steps to ensure the safety of your sons or daughters.

Studies have shown that the heat inside a parked car can quickly rise to a dangerous level for kids, pets and even adults.  Leaving the windows slightly open isn't going to substantially decrease the heating rate.  On an 85-degree day, the temperature within a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes.  After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, a large number of children and untold quantities of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia every year.  Hyperthermia is an acute condition that happens whenever the body absorbs more heat than it can control.  Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day.  The effects can be much more serious on kids because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults.

The non-profit safety group, KidsandCars.org says that many heat-related automotive tragedies occur because a driver sometimes forgets a boy or girl is there.  Children can also get into unlocked cars without any grownup knowing it just happened.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has some suggestions to help keep young people and pets safe during the heat of summer:

  • Never leave young people, disabled adults or pets alone in a hot car, even briefly
  • Always remember to check the front and back seats of the car or truck before you lock it and leave
  • See a boy or girl alone in a warm car? Call 911 immediately. Get them out as soon as possible if they are in distress
  • Put your purse, briefcase, or something else you need by the car seat so you don’t neglect to check
  • Always lock your car when it’s empty so little ones can’t get in without you knowing

The people at Car Craft Oakville in Oakville, Missouri also helping the people in Oakville, Mehlville, Arnold, and Lemay, MO are so happy that you're taking the time to read about the significance of summer automobile safety. If you want more tips, stop by our shop today.