Are you planning to hit the road this summer with your kids? Are you "road trip ready?" There are a few things you can do to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.
Even if the family is packed up and ready to go, getting there can be challenging and possibly unsafe if you don't plan ahead.
Janet Brooking, Executive Director of Drive Smart VA says, "Make sure you're prepared for the trip. Know where you're going. Make sure your kids have everything to keep them occupied while they're in the car. Allow plenty of time for traffic issues."
Those traffic issues can cause unnecessary stress. So experts say "play it cool." Remind your kids before every trip in the car--lengthy or just around the block--the importance of staying calm and low-key in the back seat. Distracted driving puts everyone at risk.
Janet explains, "You've got your kids in the car, they may not be accustomed to taking long trips. They're accustomed to eating at certain times so you're altering their daily habits when you put them in the car and put them on a trip."
Plan activities that will keep little ones busy so the driver's eyes can stay on the road.
Janet offers some ideas: "Whether it's coloring books or snacks or whatever it might be, make sure you've got those readily accessible."
And always a good reminder: Texting while behind the wheel is against the law in the Commonwealth and in the majority of states. Numbers show car crashes are the number one killer of people under age 35.
Here's to a safe and stress-free summer! Happy traveling.
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