Multitasking is a way of life for many throughout the Kansas City metro area. In an effort to accomplish as many things as possible in as short of time as possible, doing two (or more) things at the same time has become commonplace. Anyplace or anywhere an additional moment can be stolen, we do. This includes talking on the phone while driving.
We all know the importance of eating well and exercising. Rarely does a week go by without there being story on the news reminding us of the role maintaining a healthy weight plays. These reports generally focus on the stress extra pounds place upon organs in the body such as the heart as well as how it puts you at greater risk for certain diseases such as cancer. It turns out there is another reason that can be added to the list of why it is important to reach and maintain a healthy weight-the odds that you will survive a car accident.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a measure passed by Congress in 2008 that has yet to be acted on by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The measure has been designed to prevent specific kinds of car accidents involving accidental back-overs of children, animals and pedestrians. Congress gave the DOT until February of 2011 to issue guidelines to auto manufacturers that would require them to improve rear visibility in new passenger vehicle models.
Small children have a talent for finding their way into places they do not exactly belong. As any parent of a toddler or former toddler knows, you can turn your back for an instant and suddenly your child is sitting on top of the kitchen table. Or you are searching for their socks and suddenly your child has climbed up the staircase you swore you had roped off with a baby gate. Or you are backing out of the driveway and suddenly realize that your child is behind your vehicle.