Keeping The Kids Happy on Your Long Travels
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 03 August 2017
The summer holidays are finally here and many families will be driving across Britain and the Continent, either for just a day out or a few weeks – a mixed blessing perhaps when children are occupying the back seats. Here’s some top tips from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.
Be patient. Okay, we all know that at times children can drive their parents potty, but it is important to remain calm and keep them entertained. Playing games whilst travelling and keeping them occupied is always a recipe for success, ‘I spy’ has always been a favourite of mine!
Make sure all their tech is working before you set off. A flat battery on a phone can be major disaster for today’s connected kids and one that will only cause grief for you.
Pack for success. Make sure you have a food bag with goodies for the best behaved but avoid too much sugar. Fruit and water are best. Also carry wet wipes and spare clothes that are easy to access within the car.
The right car seat will keep your child safe and comfortable. Check out the Good Egg guide on their website; www.goodeggcarsafety.com for the latest information.
Know your journey. The worst thing is being lost with a grumpy child in the back. Know the correct stop-off points so you know when you can take breaks, so the children can get out and stretch their legs.
Children need regular stops – never go more than two hours without a stop. For very young babies too long in a car seat can be stressful, so factor this in when you plan your journey.
Set off early. Travelling long distances with little ones can be nightmare. If you set off early and take your time as opposed to rushing to your destination, the journey will be miles smoother.
“A bored child in the back seat can be one of the biggest distractions when driving,” says Richard. “A little planning and preparation can go a long way. Well planned breaks can make the journey more enjoyable and often tired children travel better. If you prepare for the worst, then safely arriving on time will give you that holiday boost from day one.”