This week marked the start of the summer holidays and many parents will be planning days out to keep the children entertained during the break. Despite the fun of these trips the journeys to and from the destination can be long and tiresome; especially on a hot summer’s day.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"There's plenty of ways to ensure the kids don't push you over the edge while on a long summer road trip - finding the right balance for you is the tricky part."
With this in mind, Be Wiser Insurance offers five tips for avoiding motorway meltdown with the kids:
1.Play Word and Memory Games: These games can be educational and fun. I-Spy may have its limits but guess games like "who am I" can whittle away a little time and can often be returned to more than once in a journey.
2.Audiobooks, DVDs and Games: If you can afford them, these are very easy ways to keep the kids quiet during long summer holiday trips. One requirement however is headphones so you needn't be subjected to the fifth repeat viewing of Peppa Pig. Audiobooks can be especially good if everyone in the car enjoys the story. Remember that some devices need batteries – so make sure you have spare ones with you before you set-out.
3.Regular Stops, and Don't Skip Meals: It's easy to skip meals while driving long distances - but children often find disruption to their eating times distressing. Regular breaks to stretch little legs and get some fresh air can break up the monotony.
4.Avoid Sugar: While it’s tempting to go down the route of offering the kids something sweet it's bound to backfire; they’ll become over-excited from the extra energy and then grumpy once they “crash”. Best stick to something wholesome and low in sugar.
5.Travel Early in the Morning, or Late at Night: While disruption of meals can be bad, disruption of sleep rarely means anything other than more sleep. If it's possible, packing pillows and blankets in the car can facilitate this.
Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:
"Being prepared is the most important part of any road trip; this even means having decent breakdown cover so that if you do end up in a tricky situation it’s as painless as possible."