Everyone is a little forgetful sometimes. It is just a part of life. The brain is like a computer, but it is a computer that requires sufficient rest, relaxation, cues, and other critical components in order to function at top sufficiency. And even when it does function at max capacity, it still makes mistakes. This is a normal occurrence, and happens to basically everyone.
Sometimes you forget small things, other times they are more important things. You never really think that much about the possibility of forgetting something until you’ve done it however. That includes even things that are very important to you, such as a passenger.
Leaving a passenger in an unattended vehicle can result in many different unpleasant incidents. Amongst the most dangerous of course, is heat stroke. Heat stroke is a present danger for those left in a vehicle even when the weather is incredibly mild. That’s why we developed the Vesta alert system. It is designed to protect passengers against the dangers of heat stroke by alerting the owner of the vehicle and up to 9 others, whenever the device recognizes that a passenger might be in danger of heat stroke or other heat induced illness.
The Most Common Reasons People Forget Their Passengers
People forget their passengers for a variety of reasons. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Below is a list of the most common reasons associated with forgetting a passenger is present in the car when exiting.
- Stress.Stress has a much higher impact on our lives, and on our brain functionality in particular, than most of us would like to admit. We all want to be capable of managing whatever is thrown our way, and wading through it successfully; day after day. Unfortunately this isn’t possible. When you are stressed out, you have trouble focusing. When you have trouble focusing, you have trouble remembering important details of the present.
- Changes in Schedule. Changes in schedule can easily throw you off of your game, no matter who you are. Especially if these changes affect the way/time that you prepare for and start your day. It takes over a month of purposeful, intentional habit forming behavior to establish a new habit. It can take even longer to insert a new activity into your regular routine. So if you are suddenly in charge of dropping someone off in the midst of your other activities, it can be easy to forget.
- Rear-facing Car Seats for Kids. When children are placed in rear-facing car seats they quickly become bored, which often leads to naptime. If you cannot see your passenger without opening the back door of the car and leaning in around the seat, you are far less likely to remember that they are present after driving around for twenty or thirty minutes playing with the radio, checking your messages, and focusing on the road.