Carpool Safety Tips for the School Year

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Carpooling is a great option for busy parents whose kids need a ride to school. Check out these carpool safety tips to help organize carpool.

Communicate

First and foremost, all drivers involved should discuss their thoughts, concerns, and expectations up front. Staying in touch and having clear terms laid out for the whole group is important when sharing the responsibility of childcare.

Make an emergency call list

This fits in with “Communicate,” as it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance by putting together an emergency call list. Who should you contact if a child is sick or if your car breaks down? These are important situations to consider.

Organize the schedule in writing

Having carpool duty is one more task among many for a parent to take on in their busy schedule. Having the schedule written down in advance and shared among all drivers involved is a good idea and will help avoid those “I thought it was your turn” arguments.

Set rules for safe driving habits

This is an easy one. Everyone involved in the carpool should be held to certain driving standards to keep passengers safe, such as no distracted driving and no talking on the phone.

By following these carpool safety tips from Mountaineer Mitsubishi, you and your passengers will feel safer than ever on the road.

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Staying Safe in the Heat During the Summer

With summer upon us, the heat can get absolutely unbearable and sometimes dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe in the heat this year.

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Work out in the morning or evening

If you typically work out in the middle of the day, you may want to switch up your routine and avoid those peak hot hours. The air is typically cooler in the early morning or late evening, so it’s best to change your schedule during the summer months.

Wear loose-fitting cotton in light colors

Light colors absorb less light (and heat) than dark colors and cotton is a very breathable fabric that doesn’t trap sweat against your body. Loose, light-colored clothing will allow air flow against your body and keep you cooler.

Put water bottles in the freezer

If you plan on being outside in the heat for a long period of time, place your water bottles in the freezer, rather than the refrigerator. The water/ice will be colder for a longer period of time and will cool you off a lot better than lukewarm water.staying safe in the heat

Eat small, cool meals

Avoid eating big, hot meals, like chili or stew, during the summer. Opt for items like salads, chilled fruit, or other small snacks to avoid being uncomfortable and to save your house from heating up from oven use.

Avoid caffeine

It may be tough to get through the day without your usual cup of coffee, but your body may thank you if you avoid it this summer. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and it raises your heart rate, causing you to warm up (even iced coffee). Not to mention, caffeine also dehydrates you, which is not ideal for those hot summer months.

We hope you stay safe this summer and, if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello to our friendly team here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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