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August 30, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Watch For Signs Of Heatstroke

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Extreme temperature and humidity can cause heatstroke.

In children, some signs of heatstroke are red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse; and nausea, confusion or strange behavior.

In pets, some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

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August 29, 2016

Traffic Jam Etiquette

Traffic_jam_etiquette-leadGetting stuck in a traffic jam is all kinds of frustrating, so it's no wonder that our manners seem to evaporate as our tempers rise. 

Before you take it out on surrounding drivers with a full-on bird-flapping offensive, take a deep breath, feel the love, and remember your traffic jam etiquette.

Many thanks to Auto Insurance Center,  a news and information site that covers all things car insurance, for sharing this infographic refresher course on traffic jam etiquette to help keep you between the lines!

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August 26, 2016

Are You An Annoying Lane Changer?

Changing_lanes-Kelly_Williams-iStock_39725986-StarflamediaAs drivers, it always seems like the lane beside us is moving quicker -- especially when commuting during rush hour.

A number of years ago I did a piece for a television show called The Fifth Estate. In this piece I had to drive from downtown Toronto, up around the top of the city, and then back to downtown changing lanes as often as I thought I could to gain ground. In a one-hour drive, I made 60 lane changes while the other driver made only 20 and I arrived four minutes ahead of the other driver. So obviously changing lanes doesn’t gain much, I probably annoyed every driver around me, and it increased my chances of having a crash.

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August 25, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Don’t Let Dogs Ride Loose In Pickup Truck Beds.

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The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for your dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab -- and make sure to include lots of fresh water.

Get all eight Hot Car Tips for Kids and Dogs here at AskPatty.com

 

August 23, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Take Action to Save Lives

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KidsAndCars.org reminds everybody if you see a child or pet alone in a car, don't wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return: immediately call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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August 22, 2016

Wacky Driving Laws

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Nothing can be more embarrassing than having to phone your attorney from Alaska for legal assistance in escaping a fine for lashing your Irish Setter to the roof of your car. Mitt Romney may have gotten away with it in Massachusetts in 1983, but that behavior would get him a hefty fine in Alaska where it is illegal to tether a dog onto the roof of a car. Laws about traveling with animals are common, but why does Massachusetts make it illegal to drive with a gorilla in the back seat of your car?

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August 19, 2016

Five Essential Tips for Your Teen Driver

Five_Essential_Tips_for_Your_Teen_DriverOMG. Your teenager just got a driver’s license! Now what? 

Stay calm, and check out these five tips that can help your teen drive safely (and help you put your worries to rest). And always remember the general rule: Driving is a privilege, not a right. Let your teen earn driving freedom by building a stellar driving record.

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August 18, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Create Reminders

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Put something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

Today's electronic devices make it easy for you to create a calendar reminder to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare. And as a backup, ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn't arrived on time.

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August 16, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Humidity Is Also A Killer

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Heat is not the only concern; humidity can also severely affect pets.

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

"Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

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August 11, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Avoid Heatstroke-Related Injury And Death

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Never leave your child or pet alone in a car, not even for a minute.

And, because a vacant car can look like a playground, make sure to keep your car is always locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own, and be sure to teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.

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