. When it is time to go on a family road trip, there are several things that you will need to do to ensure the safety of your family. One of the greatest dangers of long road trips is that the driver will fall asleep.
There are many ways in which you can combat sleepiness while driving. Many people find that snacking, stopping for a quick nap, listening to upbeat music, or listening to a book on tape can be quite effective.
Some of these things can even entertain your children as well so that they behave properly in the car. Another danger on long road trips is when your children get uncomfortable, rowdy, and start misbehaving.
This can be dangerous because it can be quite distracting to the driver. If the driver is distracted it is more likely that he or she will make mistakes that could have fatal consequences.
In addition, it is simply painful to have to deal with screaming children in the car. Fortunately there are many things you can do to appease your children so that the drive will not be such a trial.
The first thing you will need to do is make sure that you have provided for the basics. This means that you have planned bathroom breaks, snacks they will enjoy, and water.
Even an adult will feel uncomfortable if any of these things are missing. These things are an absolute must when traveling with children.
Once you have provided for these needs, you should think about things that can entertain your children’s minds. For example, toys, DVDs, Game Boys, and so forth can all entertain children for hours.
If your children are entertained, the road trip can be quite enjoyable. You may even be able to get a nap.
Another factor that can help determine whether your children behave or not is the time that you choose to travel. Some parents find that leaving early in the morning is very effective because it allows them to escape traffic jams when everyone is going to work.
Traffic jams simply slow you down and make the road trip even longer. In addition, by leaving early in the morning your children may be tired and simply fall asleep for a majority of the trip.
Other parents prefer leaving in the evening for the same reason that their children will fall asleep. However, if you choose this option make sure that you get enough sleep the night before or you may have trouble staying awake.
If this is the case you may have to implement some of the suggestions given above. Be sure to keep in mind that some children will fall asleep much easier than other children will in the car.
Those who have trouble falling asleep may simply be cranky. In addition, you will need to make sure that they are fully fed.
While snacks are helpful, they are not substantial enough to be satisfying when you are hungry for a meal. Your children will want a meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Snacks should be intended to help them get through the in between times until you can stop for a meal. Of course, packed lunches can work out just fine, but children need to be properly fed or they will be hungry.
You may consider promising to stop at a child’s favorite restaurant if they behave well and do not get too fussy until you can stop. Stopping for meals also provides a good opportunity for your children and yourself to stretch their and your legs.
This is very important after you have simply sat in the car for so long. In addition, try to pack snacks and treats that are fairly healthy.
Snacks that are too sugary will give children a sugar rush that they will not be able to contain in the car. Meanwhile, snacks that are healthy but taste bad will be the same to children as if you did not have snacks.
There are many types of healthy snacks that children like. You may want to try fruit snacks, fruits slices, granola bars, trail mix, and so forth.
For a long road trip you may want to try getting a new snack you think they will like. This may have entertainment value and may add some variety to a very boring day.
As you entertain your children, they will be less of a distraction to the driver. Entertaining your children is also ensuring the safety of your family throughout the trip.