Whether you care for children, animals, or both, being a parent is hard—there’s no doubt about that. So it’s tempting to take harmless shortcuts where you can. For instance, say you need to run in and pay for your gas really quickly. Wouldn’t it be easier to leave the kids strapped in their seats, or crack the windows for the dogs?
But the bottom line is that no matter how quick you’ll be, it’s never safe to leave kids and pets in cars. The number one reason for this is the threat of heatstroke. Parked cars are an especially dangerous place for kids in the summer time. It takes as little as 10 minutes for the inside of a vehicle to reach 100 degrees on hot summer days, whether the windows are cracked or not. Even if a temperature seems manageable for you, it’s not necessarily bearable for kids and pets. Kids and pets have more trouble regulating their body temperature than full-grown adults.
When it’s not hot out, it’s still not safe to leave your child or pet in the car. An accident could happen with the automatic window, the gear shifter, or another car part. Plus, your child is also vulnerable to strangers outside of the car.
The vehicles at Crossroads Chevrolet are all built with their own smart and advanced safety features. But when it comes down to it, it’s the driver of any given vehicle who makes the ultimate safety call. Make the right decisions to protect your kids and pets both on and off the road.