Children in the car are the number one distraction for drivers, according to a survey by IAM RoadSmart and Vision Critical, which found that 29% of drivers admit that their children are their biggest distraction while driving.
How can I stay safe with children in the car?
Just how do you keep your sanity when driving with kids? In association with IAM RoadSmart, we’ve come up with some survival tactics:
- Keep them occupied by introducing games that promote and reward quiet behaviour without needing the driver’s direct involvement.
- Portable games consoles or in-car DVD players will keep kids occupied for hours. But don’t forget the headphones – the soundtracks can be just as distracting as the children.
- If you’re planning a long journey, make sure you’re organised – take plenty of food and drink to avoid constant demands from the back seats.
- Allow extra stops. Find somewhere for them to stretch their legs and let off steam, such as a playground or a park. Save yourself the panic and research some local parks and playgrounds where you plan to stop off.
- Have a plastic bag (without any holes!) with you in case of travel sickness.
- A second adult in the car to look after the children makes a massive difference, leaving the driver to concentrate on driving.
- Don’t turn round to deal with fighting kids while you’re still in motion – find somewhere safe to stop first.