A road trip can be a fun way to enjoy a summer vacation with the family. Driving down long stretches of road with the sun on your back can seem idyllic and peaceful, but we all know that’s not the case when there are children are involved.
The good news is that it is possible to survive a road trip with the kids, you just need to be prepared first. Here are some top tips for surviving a road trip with your kids.
Plan Your Route Carefully
When you’re heading on a road trip, you can’t just jump in the car and drive – it’s better to know where you’re going. By planning where you’re going, you can mark out good places to stop, as well as interesting routes to take to make sure everyone stays happy along the way. Setting the route will also avoid arguments caused by getting lost, saving you all stress along the way.
Being in a hurry to get to your destination can make you a more reckless driver, which could lead to misery for you and your family. Reckless driving never makes a road trip easier or safer, nor more enjoyable. Practice safe driving this summer to avoid accidents and delays to your trip. Some accidents are out of your control, so if you do suffer a crash as the result of someone else’s poor driving, get on the phone to an injury attorney. Observe speed limits, learn the laws of different states and remember to make plenty of stops to rest up and get your energy back.
Keep The Kids Occupied
‘Are we there yet’, are four words parents hate to hear. If your kids are occupied throughout the journey, they’ll be much less likely to complain or play up. From packing iPads to coming up with some car games, you’ll find plenty of road trip activities that will keep them entertained.
Staying cool isn’t always easy during the summer heat, and if you don’t own a convertible – you could be in for a tough time. Start by making sure your car is cool before you get in it, by parking in the shade and open the doors and windows. Use your aircon when necessary, but remember it will drain your fuel. Freeze some water bottles before you leave and keep them in a cool box in the trunk so that you’ve all got something cold to sip on to keep you cool.
Take Frequent Stops For Activities
Nobody wants to spend too long cramped in a car, so stopping now and then to enjoy fun activities can help break up your time as well as provide you with better memories of your road trip. From playing ball or catch in the park to stopping near famous signs and landmarks for photos, there are many things you can do to help make your road trip more fun for all the family.
Road trips are a great way to introduce more travel into your family life. Start planning the perfect summer road trip today to enjoy a summer vacation to remember.