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August 18, 2016

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


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.

Another suggestion is to keep a stuffed animal in your child's safety seat, and move it to the front seat after you strap your child (or pet) in -- it will be a visual reminder that you have a passenger in the back seat.

The 2017 GMC Acadia midsize sport utility vehicle is helping to address this issue with the Rear Seat Reminder, an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat when they exit their vehicle under certain circumstances. Learn more about how this feature works, here at AskPatty.

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