Along with hotter weather comes increased risks for children, pets and vehicles
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 13, 2022) — With forecasts predicting temperatures in the 90’s for portions of the state this week, AAA is urging motorists to keep their children, pets and vehicles safe during what is expected to be some of the hottest weather so far this summer.
"In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees and become deadly," said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. "We are urging parents and caregivers to not underestimate the risks that excessive heat can pose and to understand that hot car deaths are preventable."
According to NoHeatstroke.org, on average, 38 children die from heatstroke inside hot vehicles each year nationwide. Despite warnings from safety organizations each year, children continue to die from this preventable tragedy.
AAA-The Auto Club Group provides the following safety tips to help keep children safe:
The soaring temperatures in a vehicle can also place your pets at risk. Never leave an animal in a parked car, even if the windows are partially open. Even on pleasant days, your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet in danger.
Extreme heat can also pose risks to your vehicle. AAA recommends drivers check these five key areas to help their vehicle safely survive higher temperatures:
2. Engine Coolant
4. Engine Fluids
5. Air Conditioning
Be Prepared for Summer Breakdowns
Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur. AAA recommends every driver have a well-stocked emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should include a flashlight and extra fresh batteries, first-aid supplies, drinking water, non-perishable snacks for people and pets, car battery booster cables, emergency flares or reflectors, a rain poncho, a basic tool kit, duct tape, gloves and shop rags or paper towels.
To help keep Tennesseans’ vehicle emergency kits fully stocked this summer, local AAA branches are providing free AAA Summer Driving Kits. To find your local AAA branch visit AAA.com/Branches. You do not have to be a AAA member to pick up a kit.
Drivers who find themselves stranded can reach AAA by calling or texting “HELP” to 1-800-AAA-HELP (save this in your contacts), submitting a request via the web (bookmark in your favorites), or using the AAA mobile app (available on Google Play or in the App Store).
About AAA - The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 13 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.