Traveling Safely With Your Family
Family road trips can be very memorable, but also very boring at certain points. If you have children, you will no doubt hear the question “Are we there yet?” multiple times before you arrive at your destination.
This question stems from boredom in your children. Unfortunately, boredom in children is the root cause of many accidents every year.
For example, your children may get bored and they will begin to get inventive with the things around them. The things they begin to do could be very distracting to you as a driver and you may get into an accident.
This would put a negative end to your family road trip that was supposed to be a lot of fun and a way to become closer as a family. Fortunately, this can be easily prevented with a little fore thought and preparation.
You can keep your family safe by making sure that your children do not get too bored. As you know, children tend to have a very short attention span.
In the car, they may become interested in the door handles while you are trying to distract them. You should immediately lock the doors if you have not already to prevent them from accidentally opening the door.
Throughout the years, hundreds of games have been designed to be played in the car. Many of these can now be easily found online.
A few of the activities you may resort to include singing, coloring books, ‘I Spy’, finding the alphabet, and so forth. You can write down and print off a whole list of games to try to entertain your children with in the car.
However, you will need to be prepared for the moment when your children get so tired of the car they do not want to do anything on your list. At this point, you may need to pull out some kind of reward system, such as if you are good we will go to McDonalds for dinner.
Otherwise, we will go to Subway. You may also want to include small prizes for the games you play to keep them interested in the games.
Children can be satisfied by really inexpensive items, such as a piece of candy, fruit, or a small toy. You do not need to spend a fortune to entertain your children and keep your family safe.
If possible, it is best to travel with two adults so one can entertain children while the other drives. For single parents, you may want to plan a trip with another single parent family with children so that you can drive safely.
If you are traveling with your spouse, you can enjoy the times when you children fall asleep by talking to your spouse. Simply talking to your spouse about random things may become rarer and rarer with the demands of your children.
However, talking to him or her can strengthen your relationship significantly. Even if you do not have a spouse or another adult that can come along, older children can help entertain the younger ones.
You may have to provide incentive to the older child, but it will be worth it if the safety of your family is involved. The older child will probably ask for a CD or money.
However, this is nothing compared to the cost of a car accident. Entertaining your children will only take a little time and preparation and it will insure their lives.
You do not want to take any risks with the lives of your family members when you do not absolutely have to. Snacks can also go a long way both for keeping you awake while you drive and for keeping your children quiet.
It is best to invest in healthy snacks though as sugar can make children very energetic and then very tired. The states of energetic and tired are two states you want to avoid on a long car trip as this is when they tend to get bored.
You may want to pack granola bars, fruit, fruit snacks, crackers, water, chopped vegetables, cheese and so forth. However, do not depend on snacks for meals.
Snacks are not very filling and your children will tend to get cranky without a full meal. Be sure to budget in stops at restaurants or packing a lunch for your trip.
After proper meals, children tend to fall asleep as well. The most important thing is that you keep your family safe on the road if you are going to have fun on your family trip.
Tom Selwick is a public safety representative for 25 years and has authored hundreds of articles relating to public safety and barricades. He has worked in public safety for years promoting safe transportation practices.