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5 safety facts about car that may save your life
It is always better to be prepared always hoping not to use it.
Kenny Fernandez
11.24.21

Let’s face it. Cars are a must-have item for most people in America. The freedom of being able to come and go anywhere you need as you please is hard to pass up.

While most people are easily caught up in the bells and whistles of our bat-mobiles and hoopties, it’s not that common you hear about car safety. As it turns out, there’s quite a lot to know that your parents, grandparents, and driving instructors may have forgotten to mention.

Let’s go over some little-known car safety facts.

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We’re not talking airbags, anti-lock brakes, and seatbelts too.

There’s so much more that needs to be shared when it comes to automobile ownership and safety.

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Janette Fennell is the founder and president of the Kids and Cars safety organization.

Here are her 5 must-know car safety tips for families and car owners.

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1.) Carbon Monoxide is no joke

Cars today are unbelievably efficient. Most models don’t require keys either. All you need is the fob which allows you to press the start button and off you go. With technology and efficiency comes quieter engines.

So quiet, in fact, that there are instances of people pulling into their garage, and with their minds on the kids and even the bags, forget to shut the engine off. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Even better if it’s mounted near or by the garage area too.

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2.) Prepare yourself with a window breaker

There are instances of people getting stuck or locked in their vehicles. It could be a faulty locking mechanism, or worse, floods. There are gadgets out there like this Resqme window breaker.

It has a seatbelt cutter and like its namesake, has the ability to smash a window. This little contraption packs a mean punch. It could mean the difference between life or death.

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3.) Knowledge is power when it comes to power windows

All it takes is 22 pounds of force to crush a child’s trachea. A car’s automatic windows produce anywhere to 30 to 80 pounds of force. All it takes is an accidental press of the button to activate the window.

There is a feature called the “one step up”. Just hit the button once and the window rolls all the way up and even back down. For certain vehicles, passenger windows need their buttons pressed and held to activate the motor.

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There is a safety feature for windows called “auto-reverse”. The window can literally sense if there is a foreign object blocking it from closing, which then makes the window go back down itself.

Test your car’s windows by sticking a roll of toilet paper or even a small pillow between the spaces of the window and the rubber seal. If it stops and rolls back down, you’re good to go.

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4.) Transmission lock knowhow

Most cars are equipped with automatic transmissions. That familiar P-R-N-D may look simple but is actually a brilliant piece of engineering with many safety features built-in. One is called the BTSI or the brake transmission shift interlock.

When the transmission is in P, you won’t be able to move the shift lever down unless you put your foot on the brake pedal. Depending on the manufacturer, some BTSIs are built-in, while others have a toggle switch that you can turn on or off for the interlock feature. Read the owner’s manual and test your car’s transmission.

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5.) Trunk trap tool

It happens. With newer models come better safety features. If your daily driver dates from 2002 onwards, the trunk has a release mechanism from the inside. Make sure you know where it’s located, and while at it, instruct the family how to use it too. It’s either a push or pull release. Even better if you can attach a glow-in-the-dark release. Always better to be prepared.

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Cars are fun, but it’s important to know the risks that are involved with owning one and how to be prepared.

To keep things fresh, Janette has put together a nifty video.

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In it, she goes over these life-saving tips in detail to help give us all a little more peace of mind when it comes to sending our loved ones out on the road.

Learn about these safety tips in detail in the video below!

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Source: Inside Edition, KidsandCars

By Kenny Fernandez
hi@sbly.com
Kenny Fernandez is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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