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RACV has reminded drivers to not leave children in cars over summer.
RACV received 664 calls in 2023 to help rescue kids accidentally locked in cars.

With summer in full swing, RACV Head of Policy James Williams said car temperatures can double in hotter months.

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“Tests conducted by RACV have shown that vehicle interiors can reach more than 70 degrees Celsius in just minutes when the outside temperature is only 30 degrees Celsius,” he said.
“When you factor in the increased vulnerability that children have to heat, dehydration and heatstroke, being stuck inside a car on a hot day is a very dangerous proposition.”

RACV’s tips on keeping kids safe may seem straightforward, but are crucial when considering the safety of children.

  • Wind windows down before putting children in the car in case the car automatically locks. Once you are driving, it is recommended to wind them back up.
  • Never give your keys to children to play with.
  • Avoid distractions when loading your car. 
  • Find an easy way to hold on to your keys such as a lanyard or clip. 

“It is so easy to get distracted as people are going about their normal daily routine. If carers can adopt a safe mindset and behaviours, we can hopefully all enjoy a safe summer,” Williams said.

If a child becomes locked in a car, here’s what you can do:

  • Call 13 11 11 immediately for RACV emergency roadside assistance. 
  • Call 000 immediately for life threatening emergencies.
  • Keep calm but act quickly. 


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