Whether you are planning on a quick getaway during your child’s spring break or a longer excursion over summer vacation, road trip season will be here before you know it.
A road trip starts easily enough, with the family chatting and singing songs, but can quickly become frustrating and distracting. Children that were happy to be in the car can get loud and tired.
Here are a few ways to stay safe when you are driving long distances with children.
Create an activity schedule
The fuller your vehicle, the more likely you are to have a mix of introverts and extroverts. About the time one group seems happy, the other might be starting to get bored or restless.
For both groups, it can be easier to be polite during the other’s activity when they know it will be their turn soon–plan for 30-minute activities that alternate between the types of people in the vehicle. Extroverts can enjoy games like “I-spy” while introverts count down to quiet time doing activity books.
It can get exhausting for one person, or even two people, to try to tame a car of impatient travelers. Taking turns can make the task seem more manageable since you know you will have a break.
To help spread out leadership obligations, try getting the children involved. Unless the children in the car are very young, even some of your smallest travelers can help make decisions and enforce the rules.
Remind all travelers, as often as you need to, that the rules in the car are so that everyone can get to the destination safely.
Have a surprise activity (or two)
When it comes to traveling with others, it never hurts to have a trick up your sleeve. As you are planning your trip think about what your group would enjoy as a surprise when they get bored, such as:
- A new travel game
- A brief stop at a park
- A comic book everyone can share
When you have a plan for keeping everyone in the vehicle occupied, you can minimize distractions for a safe drive.