Kids Left in Cars

"But it always happens to someone else. Right?"

I was getting gas this afternoon when I saw something really stupid. This guy had three kids in his car. They all appeared to be in carseats which was good. Yeah, team! I thought I heard the engine running on his car while he was filling it up which is stupid enough. C'mon. It's bad enough that people have to beware of static electricity but leaving a car running while pumping gas is just asking for problems.

I'm not complaining about that, however. He proceeded to leave his kids in the car WHILE IT WAS RUNNING and go pay for gas. It took him a couple of minutes. Anyone could have jumped in his car and drove away. Every year someone gets their car swiped while their kid(s) is/are in the car. And they always say, "I couldn't believe it could happen to me."

If you are going to leave any kids in the car even if it's for a brief moment just to pay for the gas, lock the car, put it in park, turn off the engine, and pull the key. Modern cars have a safety feature that keeps someone from putting the transmission into gear without the key inserted. This will keep your kids from putting it into gear and having the car roll away much less a less-than tempting target for potential thieves.

C'mon, man, These are your kids. If you have them, they are your number one priority. No matter what.

Posted: Mon - May 31, 2004 at 11:47 PM