Do your kids know what to do in a car emergency? A new book from OnStar can help them understand what to do. The free book, available as a download, is designed for elementary school aged children to read with their parents.

Ready for an Emergency


Being prepared for any vehicle emergency is an important part of Keeping Kids Safe

As a parent, you learn to be ready in an emergency. But would your kids know what to do?

And more importantly, if you are driving, do they know what to do in a car accident or other emergency?

OnStar, the sponsor of this post, has teamed with Safe Kids Worldwide to produce an e-book that targets kids in elementary school – old enough to read, understand and assess a dangerous situation, and actually help. But these are important life lessons that kids can continue to use once they get a bit older and start driving themselves. It may seem like years away when you are strapping your kids into booster seats, but that teen license has a way of creeping up on you.

Easy to Digest Information

road trip with kidsWhat’s great about the OnStar book is it has four components so you can break down the information and not overload your child (or yourself).

The first part is an assessment of what your kid knows already – who to contact in an emergency, what information you need to convey in an emergency. Basic stuff, but worth making sure your kids knows.

The next, most critical part, provides step by step instructions for different types of emergencies. Truth be told, this is vital information that every driver should periodically revisit. For example, do you know when to get out of the car in an accident, and when to stay in the vehicle? If you hesitated on this, YOU need to read the book.

Working with Your Kids

Photo credit: Deb S. / Technology TravelingMom

Photo credit: Deb S. / Technology TravelingMom

Then there is an emergency information form, designed to be filled out by the parent with the child and used, if need be, by the child. This has very useful info, like any medications you take, and emergency contacts.

The book outlines the five most common emergency situations, and what to do if they occur:

  • A crash
  • Plunging into deep water
  • A car fire
  • Being locked in a trunk (new cars have trunk releases inside, but this can still happen in older vehicles)
  • Seeing another child locked in a hot car. The book doesn’t mention it, but seeing a dog locked in a hot car can also lead to tragedy.

Finally, there is a quiz to make sure your child has learned and understood what the two of you have studied.

Test Your Knowledge

Just for kicks, I asked a couple of friends when I was in their car where the hazard lights are. Neither knew. Turning on the hazards in a disabled vehicle is critical; make sure you know where these are in your car (and in a car you are renting on vacation).

OnStar has that great red emergency button, providing peace of mind when you are on the road – if anything happens, you can hit that button and you are immediately connected with a person. And even if you or your child can’t talk, the OnStar rep knows that the car is experiencing some sort of emergency, and they can send help.

Stay tuned for a Twitter Party, #KeepingKidsSafe. Prizes include two emergency kits and a $25 gift card.

Note: This post is sponsored by OnStar. Opinions expressed are my own.