Parents can be easily distracted by child passengers, which may lead to lack of concentration on the road. According to a survey carried out by road safety charity IAM, ‘29% of drivers admit that their children are their biggest distraction while driving.’ Whether they’re bored, noisy or hungry, trying to attend to children is dangerous when driving. These hacks will help parents reduce any possible distractions.
Fill a shoe organiser
Use the compartments of a shoe organiser to pack everything your child will need for a longer journey. This might include books, games, colouring pencils, toys and a drink. By hanging the organiser on the seat in front of your child, everything will be within their reach. This will stop parents needing to stretch back to pass various items to their children; helping them keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
Plan your journey
Being prepared and planning your journey before you set off is one less worry and distraction. So work out your route, check a map and make sure you’ve got plenty of petrol. THINK! reports that ‘in 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor.’ Therefore, it’s also important to leave plenty of time to get to your destination, to stop you rushing and being tempted to speed.
It can be a huge distraction trying to feed your child or attempting to stop spillages in the car. However it’s important to keep them fed and watered on long journeys, because children can become grumpy if they’re hungry or thirsty. Always use travel-friendly cups with lids to avoid spills. You can also get hold of a lunchbox with multiple compartments, which will hold a selection of snacks and also act as a great crumb catcher. Remember to pack healthy food and avoid anything high in additives, which could increase hyperactivity.