My family does a lot of driving. We love road trips and travel often. Day-to-day, we live in a rural area where anywhere we need to go is a half-hour drive. So staying safe and being prepared for car emergencies is high on my list of things to teach my children. And with a new driver in the house – my son has his permit – I am hyper-vigilant about encouraging safety!
Do your kids know what to do in car emergencies? When an emergency happens, the last thing you want is your kids freaking out while you’re trying to remain calm for them (but maybe freaking out on the inside!). Roadside service and navigation company OnStar sent me this free, downloadable ebook that helps parent discuss what to do in an emergency with children and asked me to share. The book includes:
- A pre-quiz to evaluate what your child already knows
- Step-by-step instructions for specific emergencies such as a vehicle fire or a submerged vehicle
- An emergency information form you can fill out to help your child be prepared to talk to 9-1-1 personnel
- A post-quiz to understand how much your child has learned from the book
A few years ago, our car struck a tree on an icy road. None of us were injured and we all sat in the car in shock for a moment. Suddenly my son yelled, “We need to get out! I smell smoke!” What he smelled was the smokey, chemical smell given off by the airbag deployment, but I was was pretty proud that he knew what to do and responded quickly. Going through OnStar’s ebook with my daughter, I learned that she knows the make and model of our car (I wasn’t sure if she did), but she wasn’t sure who to name as an emergency contact. And we all learned about the glow-in-the-dark trunk release in case you get locked in – even I didn’t know about that one!
How To Pack an Emergency Car Kit
I also went through our emergency car kit with the kids and showed them how to use everything. It’s always in our car, but they never really paid attention to it. Here’s what we have packed in a bin in our trunk:
- flashlight / headlamp with extra batteries
- snack foods such as nuts, dried fruit, and energy bars
- ice scraper / snow brush
- matches and small candles
- extra hats, socks and mittens
- first aid kit
- pocket knife
- mylar thermal blankets
- tow chain or rope
- road salt or cat litter for traction
- booster cables
- emergency flares and reflectors
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by OnStar. My opinions are my own.