Driving with Children: The Ultimate Distraction

Although it’s likely coincidental, doesn’t it seem like children get hungry or bored as soon as they get in the car? Whether you’re driving across town or across the country, many parents can identify with the sounds of “I’m hungry,” “I’m bored,” and “Are we there yet?” echoing from the backseat. As a parent, it may be your instinct to do whatever it takes to placate your upset child, but in the few seconds it takes to reach over to the passenger seat to grab a pacifier for instance, you could cause a car accident. It may be difficult to resist soothing an upset child in the car immediately, but it’s important to remember that your primary responsibility behind the wheel is to pay attention to the road to ensure that you and your children reach your destination safely. How to Prepare for Car Trips with Kids Driving with children can be challenging, but there are steps you can take ahead of time to make your travels as smooth as possible. Keep the following tips in mind before your next trip to help you ensure that it remains safe and accident-free: Pack plenty of snacks and keep them within your kids’ reach so that the only thing you need to pay attention to while driving is the road. Along with snacks, it’s a good idea to pack activities or toys in a bag that your children can reach easily during the car ride, especially if you’re going on a long trip. Be sure to bring different items on each trip to prevent your children from getting bored. If you’re...