Beware a hot car, even in the winter

Posted by: Cal on 4/06/2014

Category: Tyre Information

Looking after your car is important. From checking your car tyres to making sure the engine is ticking over as it should, there's a lot to maintain.

But it's also just as important to make sure you're paying attention to other aspects of your car and passenger safety, such as the use of seatbelts and even leaving a child alone in the car. 

As a parent, you likely know the dangers of leaving a child in a vehicle alone. While there are many risks of doing so, one of them is the issue of heat. 

But it seems not everybody has heeded the warnings of danger and many children are being left in cars when they shouldn't. 

On June 4, Kristian Silva reported for the Brisbane Times that the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has noted large numbers of babies being locked in vehicles. 

It was quoted that during May, more than 200 babies and toddlers in Queensland alone needed to be rescued from locked vehicles, around double the usual number. On one day in particular, 16 children were rescued, indicating a troubling trend. 

Don't let you, one of your family members or your child become one of these statistics. Even leaving your child in the car alone for a short time can be incredibly dangerous, no matter.

The RACQ has even completed its own Temperature in Cars Survey, in which it was discovered there is no situation where it is safe to leave children in a vehicle alone. That's because a car's interior temperature can peak with great haste, in a matter of minutes - even if the weather doesn't look or feel particularly hot. 

It was shown that temperatures could rise from air-conditioned and ambient levels to 40 degrees Celsius in seven minutes alone. These high temperatures can endanger the health of children, in fact, when it comes to any age, temperatures above 40 degrees can cause injury and even fatality. 

Shockingly, in one RACQ test, a Brisbane car's temperature peaked inside at 75.1 degrees, with the steering wheel's surface reaching a blistering 82.6 degrees, even though the air outside was only 32.5 degrees. 

Importantly, even cars left with the windows partially open didn't experience significantly reduced interior temperatures. Sunshades, tinted windows, or light or dark colours also did not significantly affect skyrocketing car temperatures. 

With all this information at hand, it's clear leaving a child in a car, no matter what the situation or weather, is a danger. Don't leave your child in need of rescue - be sure to take them with you if you leave the car.