Now that Thanksgiving has come and past, we still have Christmas, Hanukkah,
and New Year’s to look forward to. For families across West Palm
Beach and the nation, the holidays also mean taking a road trip with the
kids. While there’s nothing like going back home and seeing your
family for the holidays, taking a long drive with the kids can be a real
Here’s our advice on taking a holiday road trip with kids and maintaining
your sanity in the process. By following these tips, you should be able
to enjoy a more peaceful trip and reduce your chances of being in a crash
due to the kids distracting you in the back!
1. Travel during naptime. One great way to make the long drive to Grandma’s more peaceful is
to travel during your children’s naptime. You can also leave early
while they’re still sleeping or leave just before bedtime so they’ll
get some quality zzz’s while you drive.
2. Feed them before you leave. If you embark on your journey when your kids are wide awake, make sure
they are well-fed with a high protein meal before you leave. This way,
they won’t be complaining of being hungry almost as soon as you
hit the road.
3. Bring lots of snacks! Whether or not you allow your children to eat in the car, that’s
up to you. Even if you plan on only having them eat outside the car during
“leg stretching breaks,” still make sure you have plenty of
snacks on hand. If you do allow your children to snack while you’re
on the road, beware of giving them foods that are choking hazards. Safe
foods for inside the car include yogurt, especially yogurt tubes, cottage
cheese, apple sauce, yogurt drinks, and other soft foods.
4. Bring activity kits. If your child is over the age of two, it helps to bring activities for
them to play with. Great items include crayons and paper, an Etch A Sketch,
an Aqua Doodle Travel Doodle, books, favorite toys and cards etc.
5. Break out the technology. You may be hesitant to pack a tablet or similar device for fear of being
a “bad parent,” but we must remember: What really matters
is that everybody arrives safely at their destination. If the driver is
distracted because the kids are fighting, yelling or demanding their attention,
it places the occupants of the vehicle at risk of a distracted driving
crash, as well as other drivers and passengers on the road. Our advice
is to bring a fully-charged tablet and its charger. Before leaving, download
age-appropriate games and perhaps the Netflix app (if your tablet has
data). A tablet, a Disney movie and a headset can go
a long way on a road trip and can keep everybody happy!
Moms & Dads: Don’t Drive Fatigued
It may be tempting to drive through the night as your children are quietly
sleeping in the back but this is very dangerous. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drowsy driving kills. It claimed 846 lives
in 2014.” The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this about drowsy driving: “Drowsy driving is a major
problem in the United States. The risk, danger and often tragic results
of drowsy driving are alarming.” Please, keep your family safe and
stay in a motel or hotel instead of driving through the night!
In an accident?
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. to meet with a West Palm Beach
car accident lawyer for free!