Here are some fun activities that will make car travel with the kids as pleasant as possible
Car travel with kids, especially over a long distance, can be a major headache. Boredom seems to set in a lot quicker in a car than anywhere else, and the moaning, crying and unpleasant behavior that typically ensues is frustrating - and dangerous - when you're behind the wheel of a hefty family hauler. While smartphones and tablets have brought inner peace to many a driving parent, some simply don't like the idea of their child being glued to a screen for long periods of time. Fortunately, there is more than one way to make trips fun for kids and a whole lot more pleasant for mom and dad.
Here are seven fun and easy road trip activity ideas for kids to keep them entertained along the journey:
Things get a little tougher when it comes to car entertainment for toddlers; as we all know, 2-year olds through to 5-year olds are typically full of energy and will want to be talking and moving around a lot, and, with the law requiring these busybodies to be strapped into a car seat, they can easily get cranky. Fortunately, there are many interactive car activities for toddlers, such as I-Spy, One-sentence Add-on Stories, and 'Guess the Animal I'm Thinking Of' games. Here are some other car activities for preschoolers:
How to travel with kids isn't just about keeping them entertained - be sure you know all about child car seats and what the legal requirements are in your state as detailed here. And, other than this, there are also a few things you could prepare that will make the journey a much more pleasant experience:
There are also quite a few things you'll need to take into account when it comes to the safety of your children during a road trip. For the driver, taking regular pit stops to stretch and rest from driving is an important and necessary part of safe driving. This helps to avoid falling asleep at the wheel or dozing off. It's suggested that drivers take a break every two hours. If possible, driving responsibilities can also be shared by alternating drivers between stops: you'll find a list of suggestions for staying alert here.
The highway code recommends that drivers take a break of up to at least 15 minutes after every two hours on the road. This is not just useful for staying alert but will help your kids expend some energy and be ready for the next leg of the journey.
Most automotive safety agencies recommend that a child be kept in a car seat until about four years of age, after which a booster seat is recommended. Legislation varies depending on which State you are in, though, so be sure to familiarize yourself with what's law in your area.