Turn Off Your Car, Take Your Keys

Yes, it’s nice to get into an already cool car on a hot day, but don’t be tempted to leave your car and A/C running. It’s the perfect opportunity for a thief to steal your cool ride.

Don’t Leave Children or Pets in the Car

Though you may be running into a store for “just a minute,” it’s never safe to leave your child or pet in the car. When the outside temperature is between 80-100 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly climb to between 130-172 degrees.

Always double check to make sure you have not forgotten your child or pet in the car, and make sure your car is locked so an inquisitive youngster doesn’t become accidentally trapped inside.

In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars, and almost 800 have died since 1998.

Travel Tips

If your car overheats, try to pull off the road as far as you can, turn on your hazard lights, get out of the vehicle if it is safe, and stay away from traffic while waiting for help to arrive.

Before leaving on a trip, let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If you have problem along the way, it will help searchers find you faster.

Teach Your Children

As soon as your children are old enough, which may be younger than you think, they need to know:

  • Their full name
  • Their address and phone number
  • How to call 9-1-1 for help if they have an emergency

When The Weather Surprises You

Even in the dog days of summer, there is always the possibility of severe weather.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Turn around, don’t drown. Just 12 inches of fast moving water can sweep a car away.
  • Never drive past barriers blocking a road.
  • If you see a tornado, drive to a sturdy shelter if you have time. Never park under an overpass. If you are stuck in your car, make sure your seatbelt is on and stay below the windshield and windows. Cover your head with a blanket if you have one.
  • If it begins to hail, do not stop under bridges. This can cause a traffic jam and emergency responders will be delayed.