Driving with kids in the car

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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.