Long car journeys with young children can throw up challenges, not least that bored kids can be distracting to the driver.
Below are a few safety tips that could help next time you’re traveling with your kids.
Having the right equipment
It’s not only advisable to fit suitable car seats for children, but this is the law in Texas. Unless your child is over 4ft 9 inches in height, then they must be sat in a fixed car seat. There are numerous options on the market, so it’s important that you do your research thoroughly. Having the right car seat will not only make your children more comfortable, but it will help ensure their safety.
Young children aren’t necessarily aware of the potential dangers on the road, but you can talk to them so that they know not to distract you. Explain carefully that you cannot afford to be distracted by shouting or any arguments during the trip. The importance of not moving around too much or touching you should also be stressed. Taking some toys and games can help with this, but you need to make sure that these items cannot be easily thrown around the car. They should also not emit loud noises that could distract you.
Have a rest
It’s only natural for children to get bored and fed up when stationary for long periods. Make sure you fit some rest breaks into your journey. This way, you can all stretch your legs, play a few games and stock up on snacks for the rest of the trip.
These steps can certainly help with safety, but you cannot control every factor out there. If another driver has caused a crash that has injured you or your family, be sure to look into your legal options.