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Experts offer tips for driving in the heat to keep you and your family safe

Posted: 6:33 PM, Jul 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-03 19:33:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you're going on a road trip over the Independence Day weekend you'll be facing an intense battle with the heat. 

Veteran trucker Jack Christiansen from Belton has been on the job more than 40 years. He loves the heat and rolls down the windows instead of using air conditioning. His advice to other drivers is to make sure you hydrate. 

"I'm constantly drinking sports drinks with electrolytes when I'm driving," said Christiansen. "I also wear a hat and keep sunscreen on my neck and arms and behind my ears. Just use your head and just realize it's hot out there and as long as you are perspiring you are in good shape."

Amber Rollins, is Director of Kids and Cars in Olathe, Kansas. Her advice to parents is "Look Before You Lock."

Rollins said when schedules change like on holidays, parents are more likely to leave a child in a hot car.

"Check the back seat before you walk away from your car and make sure the child is not in the car seat," Rollins said.

Some parents use a blanket to shield their child from the sun. Rollins recommends using a window shield instead so the cool air can reach the child and help keep them cooler in the hot car seat.