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Tips to Keep Kids Safe in Vehicles
A Recent Study Shows Adults Do Not Always
Buckle Kids in Car Seats or Booster Seats

MADISON, Wis (September 3, 2014) - September is Child Passenger Safety Month and a new study indicates that some adults are not always making sure children are properly buckled up. Recent findings by Safe Kids Worldwide indicate that one in four respondents admitted to having driven without their child buckled up in a car seat or booster seat. The top reasons were:

  • driving a short distance
  • in a hurry
  • taking the kid(s) on an overnight trip

“Parents or other caregivers may not realize the risks they are taking when children are not buckled up in vehicles, even for short distances,” said Ron Von Haden, CIC, Executive Vice President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW). The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHSTA) reports that a third of kids who died in vehicle crashes were not buckled up.

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for children. The most recent NHSTA safety statistics show that on a daily basis an average of two children under the age of 13 were killed while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans.

To keep kids safe, experts advise:

  • Buckle up kids on every ride, every time.
  • Talk to other parents who may be driving your kids about the importance of buckling up.
  • Check that the correct child safety seat is being used and is installed correctly.

Using booster seats is especially important for kids who have outgrown their car seats are not ready for a seat belt alone. Generally, kids need to use a booster seat until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

“While older children might try to convince you that they don’t need a booster seat, studies show that children seated in a booster seat are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone,” noted Von Haden.

If you would like more information about child passenger safety or child safety in general, you can visit the website: http://www.safekids.org.

Another safety consideration families may not consider is to check all of your insurance coverages including auto insurance to be sure you have adequate limits. If you have an accident, your auto insurance policy will help protect you and your family.

For more information or to locate a PIAW member near you, look for the PIAW logo or go to www.PIAW.org/find_a_member.

 

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Travel Tips to Keep Your Family Safe While on Vacation

MADISON, WI (May 20, 2014) – Many Wisconsin families will load up their SUVs and head for well-deserved vacations this summer. While it’s always fun to explore new places, it’s prudent to take some simple steps to help ensure your family’s safety while traveling.

“Before you leave, let family members or friends know where you are going and give them your cell phone numbers and any detailed travel plans,” says Ron Von Haden CIC, Executive Vice President of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (PIAW). “If you have kids, bring along an updated photo of each child — in case you become separated from them. Talk with your family about who to call and what to do in an emergency.”

Loading up the car often means packing expensive technology – Smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, personal DVD players, cameras – all items that are easy to grab from a vehicle during a stop. “If you leave your vehicle--even to stretch your legs or enjoy the view--store these items out of sight and lock valuable items in the glove compartment or trunk,” says Von Haden.

 “Most homeowners policies will cover personal property stolen from your vehicle or hotel room, but deductibles will apply. Auto policies cover items attached to the car and, again, deductibles apply,” he adds.

It’s a good idea to keep an emergency road kit in the trunk with jumper cables, flares and other necessities. Also take along a first aid kit, bottled water and nonperishable foods.

When sightseeing or attending public events, store your phone or wallet in a front pocket or a secret pocket. Don’t rummage through your purse/wallet or count money in public. Women should avoid carrying dangling purses, as they can be easy to grab.

If your trip involves air travel, especially with young children, here are some additional pointers.

·         Request bulkhead seats to give your family more room.  Book these seats ahead of time or as soon as you get to the airport.

·         Get to the airport early to leave time to get through security. “Each child should have a small backpack containing only items needed in transit such as toys, books, jacket and water bottle. Go through your child’s backpack or carryon before getting to the airport to be sure everything in it will meet TSA requirements,” notes Von Haden.

·         If you need child seats in the car, you probably need child seats on the plane.  Always travel with your child’s car seat — you will need it to travel to and from the airport, as well as on the plane.

·         Bring snacks on the plane for your children, as the airlines don’t offer a wide variety and young children may not want to wait until the flight attendants begin service.

·         Consider travel insurance. According to the Insurance Information Institute, trip cancellation insurance typically adds 5 to 7 percent to the cost of the trip, but it covers you should weather cause a delay or a family member becomes too ill to travel. Your local, professional independent insurance agent can get you in touch with a company that offers travel insurance.

For more information or to locate a PIAW member near you look for the PIAW logo or go to www.piaw.org.

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