Perhaps the most stressful and scariest times as a parent were when my teen daughters began to drive a car. Although that seems like yesterday, in reality, my daughters are now young adults with families of their own, and my grandchildren are now years away (gasp!) from driving too. And yes, keeping my grandkids safe is now my top priority, and the best time to teach safety to kids is when they’re young — before they become teen drivers behind the wheel. OnStar Car Safety to the rescue.
Teach Car Safety at a Young Age
Today with new technology, like OnStar, keeping kids safe is built in, but you do have to teach your kids how to use it. It’s never too soon to teach kids about car safety. In fact, the first lesson our kids learned was “buckling up for safety,” and we chanted this mantra when we all opened the car door. I would not take the car out of park until all seat belts were fastened — and you know what? I still practice that same seat belt car safety with my grandkids.
Last year, when I attended an educational workshop about OnStar, I learned that OnStar and Chevy are the perfect partnership — and how important safety was to the brand. What stands out to me is an OnStar call by a 5-year-old little boy. His mommy had suffered a medical emergency while driving, and he had been taught to press the OnStar button in an emergency — and that saved his mother’s life.
Car safety shouldn’t wait until your child becomes a teenager and gets behind the wheel to drive. Did you wait until your child was a teenager to teach them to call 911? Of course not. You should start teaching future drivers about safety and how to use the tools and technology in today’s innovative cars.
Let’s face it. Who do you call when you can’t get your phone to work or you want to know how a new app works? Kids are tech-savvy already. Car safety is simply a matter of educating them about what to do in an emergency, and lucky for us, car technology has come a long way, baby.
OnStar and Safe Kids, an organization dedicated to keeping parents informed and children safe, are firm believers on the importance of parents (and grandparents!) opening up a conversation with their preteen or teenage child about how to safely react in a vehicle-related emergency before it happens. Personally, I would actually push that envelope to even younger (3-4 years old) and make car safety an ongoing conversation.
Start by teaching your child how to use the safety and security features of your On-Star equipped vehicle. It is as simple as a push of the button to get immediate assistance.
For those who might need a little help on what to discuss, OnStar created an e-book, “Keeping Kids Safe,” focused on how to correctly respond to emergencies in and around the vehicle. The e-book features step-by-step instructions detailing different emergency situations, from a car accident to a submerged vehicle, and what to do in each of the situations. Quizzes are also included to evaluate what kids already know — and what they need to know about car safety.
Teaching your child — or your grandchild — basic car safety techniques, including how to use safety and security features of OnStar, will be the biggest step in keeping your kids safe in a car.
Part of keeping your child safe is keeping them informed. One way to do that is by teaching your child how to use the safety and security features of your OnStar-equipped vehicle. OnStar is simple to use — with just the push of a button they can to get whatever assistance they may need.
Still want to know more? Have funny ’emergency’ stories to share? Want to win some cool prizes? Join our Twitter conversation about #KeepingKidsSafe spirited by OnStar on Wednesday, July 8th, and walk away smarter, safer, and maybe even a little richer. RSVP and you could win a one of two $25 gift cards tucked inside OnStar’s handy Emergency Car Kit!
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Until then, Download OnStar’s full e-book and learn how to speak with your child about vehicle safety.
Disclosure: I am participating in a SheBuysCars sponsored promotion with Chevy and Onstar on #KeepingKidsSafe.