Recently, one Boston dad left his one-year-old daughter in the car at the train station. “The baby had fallen asleep in the child seat and I went into auto pilot. I had what I thought was a safe-guard procedure against this in place…” said the dad. Thankfully, the father remembered while on the train and the baby was safely retrieved.
However, according to USA Today, an average of 38 infants die in hot cars each year. So, to help any out-of-routine parents out there, we’ve compiled a list of tips for remembering kids, and even pets, in a hot car.
- Utilize technology. Smartphone apps such as Precious Cargo ask if you have kids, pets, or even perishable groceries when you start your car. When you turn your car off, the app then sends you an alert.
- Put a cell phone, wallet, or purse in the rear seats with your child to increase your chances of checking the backseat before you leave.
- Put something in the front seat, like a stuffed animal, to remind you to check the backseat. You can also put a Post It note on your steering wheel or somewhere on your dash reminding you to check the back.
Life happens, so be sure to have a safeguard plan in place for any situation involving young children. Be sure to also come visit us at Crawford Buick GMC for our newest lineup of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.