Whether you’re heading off on holiday, or you’re just driving to the store having the kids in the back can make driving any distance extremely irritating and difficult. Perhaps they’re bored, they’re kicking the back of your seat, they’re arguing with their siblings or they’re just being difficult and didn’t want to come along for the ride. Whatever the issue you can guarantee that it’s incredibly distracting.
Of course, kids will be kids, but when you consider the fact that a huge number of road accidents occur each year because of distracted drivers, it’s suddenly a much serious matter. If you’ve been injured in a car crash that was caused by a distracted driver, click here for more information. So, to keep you and your family safe, take a look at these genius ways to keep your children occupied and content whilst you’re driving.
Not all kids are avid readers, others are too young and some get travel sick if they read in a moving vehicle. One way to keep them all happy and occupied whilst you focus on the road, is by downloading some audiobooks for your journey. You’ll find plenty of kid-friendly options available online to download in advance. You could even let the children choose what they want to listen to. They could be entire children’s novels, a collection of short stories or even funny jokes!
Make snack time fun
If you’re travelling with younger children, you’ll understand how quickly those hunger pangs can turn into a full-blown meltdown. So, keeping them occupied with some tasty snacks and entertaining them at the same time is a win, win!
Simple snacks such as some breakfast hoops on a string necklace will get them working on their fine motor skills and filling up those hungry tums! For older children let them choose some healthy snacks to bring along, the more involved they feel in the process, the more content they’ll be whilst you’re concentrating.
Classic car games
Sometimes the classics are the best. So, some simple car games can keep everyone occupied on longer journeys. Eye-spy, spotting a certain colour or make of car, who can spot cows and other animals, car counting, and others will easily pass the time and stop the kids from arguing.
A family playlist
If you like to stream music into your vehicle then get the kids involved. Before your next journey, create a playlist bursting with their favourite songs and sing-along classics, let them choose what songs they might like and get everyone singing along. Just remember not to skip songs on the playlist whilst you’re driving, as this is classed as distracted driving and you could be putting yourself and your little passengers at risk.
Finally, plan plenty of stops
Longer journeys mean plenty of planned stops. You might want to get there as quickly as possible, but it’s much safer and more practical to arrive in high spirits and as calm as possible. So, plan where you’re going to stop for lunches or picnics, toilet breaks and little walks. If you incorporate some sightseeing into your journey, then the kids will probably fall asleep in the backseat afterwards! Bonus!