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453 posts categorized "Safety - Child Safety"

September 17, 2014

When It Is Safe For A Child To Use A Seatbelt? 9 Out Of 10 Are Doing It Wrong!

National_Child_Passenger_Safety_Week-NHTSA_photoAs part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Worldwide has released a new study that finds an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough. 

The study’s shocking results reveal nine out of ten parents move their child from booster seat to seat belt before their child is big enough to be safety protected by the belts.

The report, “Buckle Up: Booster Seats,” funded in part by a $2 million grant from the General Motors Foundation, is based on a national online survey of 1,000 parents of children ages 4 to 10. The study found seven in ten parents don’t know that a child should be at least 57-inches tall (4-feet 9-inches)  to ride in a car without a booster seat.

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August 06, 2014

Did You Lock Your Car? It Might Not Be Safe Enough!

Car_thief-thinkstock-155251967-sI don't know about you, but I can't walk away from my car without clicking the keyfob two or three times to make sure my car is locked. However, recent news has shown that criminals using high-tech electronic devices are still able to steal personal items from locked cars. These reports are alarming, but the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says car owners can take some steps to protect themselves against break-ins.

The keyless entry feature on newer cars is a popular advancement that lets drivers unlock their cars with the simple click of a button on a key fob using radio frequency transmission. The convenient technology also helps prevent drivers from locking their keys in the vehicle. And I love that I can just leave my keys in my purse all the time and not have to worry about looking for them when it's time to go somewhere.

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August 04, 2014

5 Rules of the Road You Forgot from Drivers Ed

Teen_Driver_safety_Week-student_driver-thinkstock-153681188Do you remember when you first learned to drive?  You probably focused 110% of your attention on the road as you gripped the wheel at 10 and 2 with nervous, white knuckles.  And, strangely enough, you probably knew the rules of the road much better then than you do now. 

Why?  Because your driver’s license test depended on it.

But in the passing years, you’ve likely become much more comfortable behind the wheel and you’ve probably let slide a few of the rules your driver’s ed teacher taught you way back when.

Realistically, some of those rules are a bit unnecessary, but there may be a few you’ve forgotten which would help you to be a better, safer driver.  Read on to find out what they are.

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July 30, 2014

#HeatStrokeKills: July 31 is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day

Hot-car-safety-thinkstock-93087452-askpattyAs a parent, this is one of the stories I most hate writing each year; I simply cannot imagine anything more painful for a family than for a beloved baby to die because somebody left their child in a hot car. And yet, 17 such deaths have already been reported in 2014.

To raise awareness of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars, KidsandCars.org, safekids.org, NHTSA.gov, and many other child-safety advocacy groups, mark July 31 as Heat Stroke Prevention Day to educate parents and caregivers to prevent children from being left alone in a hot vehicle.

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July 28, 2014

How Hill-Hold or Hill-Start Assist Technology Makes Steep-Road Starts Safer for Drivers

2014_Mitsubishi_MIrage_Hill_Start_Assist-Scott_Harris-3733_1200x800It's a scary moment for any driver when you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator on an incline and the car begins to roll backwards: Nobody likes the anxiety of that panicked glance in the rearview mirror to see "just how close is that car behind me?" And wondering "How fast can I pull away on this steep hill?" isn't much fun either.

While sturdy torque converters used to keep automatic-transmission-equipped cars in place on an incline, today's newer automatic transmissions are more fuel-efficient and tend to rev lower, which means they can slip more. And so these days, we're often experiencing that anxious rollback moment, even in automatic-equipped cars.

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July 25, 2014

Understanding Right of Way for Pedestrians

Volvo_pedestrian_detection_w_full_auto_stopRight of way for pedestrians is an important concept to understand for all drivers. Accidents involving pedestrians are most commonly caused by a motorist's failure to yield to a pedestrian. 

Fortunately, pedestrian impacts and fatalities are at a 19-year low. Lots of steps have been taken in an attempt to reduce accidents overall. Volvo has even developed a technology to keep a lookout for pedestrians and other obstructions and brake for you! Another system, developed by AutoLiv will even watch for animals and pedestrians IN THE DARK!

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July 14, 2014

Don’t Get Too Friendly with the Cab Driver And 5 Other Taxi Safety Tips

Mobile-device-Thinkstock-78427556Opting for a taxi instead of driving or walking is often the safest and most convenient option for getting around in a city. If you’re drinking alcohol, worried about parking or alone in an unfamiliar place, it’s almost always in your best interest to cab it.

Though hopping in a taxi is much safer than some other alternatives, it’s not entirely without risk. To mitigate those risks, it’s wise to keep these crucial tips in mind so that your trip is safe and sound.

 

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July 03, 2014

AskPatty Offers Tips to Help You to Celebrate a Safe Fourth of July

Happy_fourth_of_july_from_askpattyAccording to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, drunk driving crashes have accounted for about 40% of the traffic fatalities during the July 4th holiday over the last five years, making it one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roadways.

Unfortunately, according to NHTSA, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes.

Want to better educate yourself on how your blood alcohol concentration is determined? B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects an individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). You can find out about your more here at their “virtual bar.”

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June 30, 2014

Mitsubishi’s "First Ride" Program Highlights Car Seat and Automotive Safety

Mitsubishi_first_ride_montero_NYIAS-IMG_7562Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

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June 23, 2014

Leading Cause of Teen Death: Teen Driving

General_Motors_safekids_Teen_Driving_safetyTeenagers think they know more than adults and consider themselves invincible. Today's teens are so worldly, we're sometimes fooled into believing they are more mature than they are. But teens are still children and they still make stupid mistakes, some of which are fatal. Adults do stupid things too. And children notice.

Reading the headlines, it might seem that the biggest killer of teenagers is drugs. This isn't the case. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and made possible by a $2 million grant from General Motors Foundation, more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The toll is about 2,500 per year or 8 out of every 1,000 teens.

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