Kids and Cars

We are headed into that back to school rush and while we are out buying new uniforms, school supplies and back packs to prepare for the new school year there is one thing we may want to focus on.  As you are getting in and out of your cars and slipping into your new routine are you truly being aware of what is around you.
Father Matters and Kids and Cars is asking you this year to slow down and take a moment be present in HIS presence.
At least fifty children are backed over by vehicles EVERY week. Every year, thousands of children are killed or seriously injured because a driver backing up didn’t see them. A back-over incident typically takes place when a car is backing out of a driveway or parking space. Little ones might decide they want to go to big kids school. So when heading to your vehicle look around and take notice where little ones are at and who is watching them.  If you don’t have a backup camera please consider adding one to your back to school shopping list.
Power windows in vehicles have killed or injured thousands of children. Before closing your windows make sure all fingers and toes are inside. Little ones saying goodbye to older siblings could unknowingly put themselves in danger. It only takes just 22 pounds of force to suffocate or injure an infant while power windows can exert an upward force of 30-80 pounds of force.
On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. That is an average of one child every 9 days. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death. With the back to school rush and the monotony of new schedules a simple change of routine can leave you venerable for misremembering where your child is at. Take a moment when you reach your destination to check the back seat every time you reach a stop, or better yet leave your left shoe in the back seat so you have to stop and look. This is a great moment to thank God that your children are safe at school or that they didn’t leave much needed items in the back seat.
Put down the cell phone. Distracted driving is far less important than spending a few quality moments with your kiddo.  The car is a great place to hear more about what God is doing in your child’s lives, and learn more about their day.
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Dawn Peabody
Parent Advocate
Dawn@KidsAndCars.org
(623) 680-9181
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