Driving with your kids in the car can sometimes be distracting what with the noise that they can create plus the constant questions, mostly involving “are we there yet?” There are a few tips and hints you can take, and these are especially relevant for parents who are planning on a long road trip or driving vacation this year. Read on for our short guide on how to drive safely with your children in the car.
Prepare Your Journey in Advance
If your car journey is going to be a long one and you will be driving long distances then make sure you plan the drive ahead. Examining a map before you drive so you know the roads and routes you will be taking is essential. Driving with kids in the car can lead to a lack of concentration so by at least knowing your route you should be one step ahead.
If you own a Garmin Nuvi GPS then that should take the issue of needing a map away. However, that’s not to say this won’t come with its difficulties. Make sure that the GPS is fully up to date with Garmin map updates, meaning you will have the freshest routes available – so with any luck you reduce the chances of getting lost. Garmin also do free Garmin GPS map updates if you have not owned the Nuvi for too long so it’s worth checking their website to see if you can download for free.
Take Plenty of Snacks and Drinks
There’s nothing worse than having a grumpy and miserable child in the back of the car who is hungry and thirsty. Why not make them a small packed lunch with a few treats in? This is a great tip, especially if you are going to be in the car for longer than three hours – just make sure you also manage to plan effective toilets breaks when you see the opportunity.
Charge Your Cell Phone and Mobile Before Driving
Breaking down with children in the car is a nightmare scenario so charge the battery on your cell phone before you drive so that you are able to phone for help when needed – and of course make sure you have adequate break down cover, or at the least some useful phone numbers to hand. It is worth taking an in-car phone charger with you if you own one.
Lastly, give the car a quick oil and water check before leaving the house as this will further reduce the chances of the car not working or breaking down whilst on the road. If you don’t know how to do this then go to your local garage before you drive and ask them to do it. It should take them no longer than ten minutes for a very small charge.
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