Tips for long car trips with children

Tips for long car trips with children

Long car trips with kids don’t have to be so stressful.

Tips for long car trips with children - hopefully following these tips can make a long car trip more enjoyable for all.

We present these tips in the knowledge that for some children a long car trip is never going to be particularly enjoyable for them, or those who have to travel with them.

However, for most children the first hour or so of a long car trip can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Generally it’s what happens after this that can make a long road trip…well, a living hell!

But, we reckon there are some simple things that you can do to make long car trips with children easier, more enjoyable and less stressful for all.

 Tips for long car trips with children;

  • If you’re travelling with particularly small children make sure that they are in an appropriate child seat or booster seat for their age and height. Also, sometimes these seats can be a bit hard and uncomfortable so make sure there’s adequate cushioning in the seat and backrest. Also, make sure you make the appropriate adjustments before you start your journey.
  • Avoid placing large and heavy objects or luggage on the rear seat where your children will be seated. Allow them plenty of space without making them feel claustrophobic.
  • Make sure you have packed important items for your journey including a fully charged mobile phone, first aid kit, water and blanket.
  • Have a ready supply of treats and wholesome food on hand to keep their tummies full.
  • Try to travel when traffic is likely to be at a minimum, this will help speed-up the journey and keep your stress-levels down.
  • Think about what games your children can take with them on long journeys to keep them occupied. If they will be using a portable device or in-car DVD player make sure they have headphones plugged in so the sound doesn’t distract you.
  • The longer you’re on the road the higher the likelihood your children could become irritable. Plan to take regular rest breaks at least every two hours so you can rest and they can release some energy.
  • If you can, travel with another adult passenger who can keep an eye on the youngsters. This will allow you to fully concentrate on the road and prevent them distracting you.
  • Never turn around to deal with fighting youngsters while you are driving. Always find a safe place to stop first. Don’t continue your journey with children fighting in the back – it may affect your behaviour behind the wheel.

And good luck!

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About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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