There is more to car safety than just wearing seat belts

by beagooddad on April 30, 2007

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There’s a really nice post over at GNMParents about making sure kids wear seat belts.

It reminded me of another car safety violation that a number of parents seem to do.

While walking into the post office the other day, I passed several cars idling on the curb. This post office is in a strip mall. One of the cars had 3 kids, at least one who was still in a car seat and no adults. None of the kids was older than 7.

Inside, there was a line that would have taken at least 15 minutes. Some parent left their kids alone in an idling car for at least 15 minutes.

That’s just completely crazy. I’m sure the doors were locked and I’m sure (s)he was watching them from inside the building. How long do you think it would take for somebody to come up, smash a window and take off with a kid? What would happen if the car somehow ended up a gear either through mechanical failure or one of the older kids climbing into the driver’s seat.

They all seemed to have their seat belts on, but I don’t think that was their biggest problem.

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