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Automotive Safety Tips for Parents

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Virtually everyone knows the most basic axiom of car safety for children: Proper use of a car seat is the first step to keeping your child safe while driving.  Unfortunately, the car seat does not account for all of the hazards that an automobile may present to your children.  Here are some additional safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Chapman Hyundai.

1. Choose the right safety features when purchasing your car.

Today’s automobile has many features that contribute to safety. Among the simplest and most common safety features are power locks and windows, which give the driver control over the vehicle’s ports of entry at all times.  More recently, automakers have also included anti-pinch mechanisms that prevent windows from closing on objects in their paths.  Advanced air bags, rearview cameras, emergency trunk releases, automatic braking sensors, dynamic headlights, and other features can all contribute to a safer and more comfortable vehicle.

Understanding these features can present a challenge when purchasing a new or used car, so do some research before going to the dealer.  Alternatively, the sales professionals can answer any questions that you may have when you stop in to learn more about a new or used Hyundai in Phoenix.  Hyundai produces some of the safest and most up-to-date automobiles on the road – move the brand to the top of your list for a test drive if you are not familiar with what Hyundai offers.

2. Teach your children about car safety.

Although they may seem to go in one ear and come right out the other, your words of wisdom can have a significant impact on your children’s safety.  Often, the best way to keep your kids safe is to teach them about the dangers of automobiles and to ask for their help to identify potential problems.  Your kids will probably enjoy the chance to contribute their ideas and will proudly correct their friends when they practice unsafe behaviors.  Furthermore, seeing your vehicle from your child’s perspective might help you to identify potential problems before they are realized.

3. Be aware of hazards unrelated to driving.

A collision is dangerous to vehicle passengers, but many of the most common tragedies relating to automobiles occur when the vehicle is parked.  Although it may seem harmless to leave a child in the car for just a moment while you visit the ATM, the interior of your car heats up extremely quickly.  According to the NHTSA, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-collision, vehicle-related deaths among children under 14.  Seatbelt entanglement, rollaway, and backover are also all too common, but can usually be prevented with proper supervision.  Never allow your children to play inside, on, or around your vehicle without watching them.

Ultimately, whether you are looking for a new Hyundai for sale or just reading ways to keep your kids safe, there is no substitute for information.  You can read more about vehicle safety at www.safercar.gov, or feel free to call your local auto dealer to learn about upcoming informational events, test drives and walkthroughs, and other available resources.

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