Traveling with kids requires certain patience and safety. Studies show that children are among the top distractions that lead to vehicle accidents. You spend time tossing snacks into the back seats, consoling crying or bored kids and even breaking up fights, which can all cause danger on the road as your eyes wander from where you are driving.
Here is a list of items you should always keep on hand when you are traveling with kids on the road. These items help keep children from distracting you from the road, and they also help in the event you ever get stranded on the road and are awaiting assistance from a tow company.
When the DVD player in your vehicle fails to keep your children entertained, you need a backup. Keep the following items in your car to help keep your kids quiet and less distracting to you and others:
- Activity books and crayons
- Photo albums and picture books
- Finger puppets
- Soft play boards
You can also keep small snacks in the car that have a long shelf life, such as suckers, fruit snacks, granola bars and even chewing gum — if your kids are old enough. Sometimes a small snack can help keep children from being fussy and provide them with sensory stimulation to ease car anxiety and boredom.
If you don't have any games or toys in the car with you, provide games your children can play, such as naming the different states of license plates you pass or trying to see who can find a certain car color first. These games provide entertainment for toddlers and older children alike.
Emergency Safety Items
Your vehicle can break down or get a flat tire unexpectedly — causing you to call a tow truck driver to retrieve your family and take you all to safety. When this happens, you don't want to be stranded without essentials to keep you and your children safe. When preparing your emergency care pack for your car, keep in mind the need to keep your children warm, fed and hydrated for potentially a few hours at a time in the event of being stranded somewhere.
Emergency safety items should include a coat or blankets for each child, flashlight, first-aid kit, diapers and wipes, gallons of water, granola or energy bars and beverages, small snacks (non-perishable, as mentioned above) and a charged basic cellphone. While you are calling for towing assistance you can keep your children warm and protected.
If you are unsure of whether you are in immediate danger or you don't know exactly where your car is stalled and you have your children with you, then call the police for further assistance. A police officer will come to your car and help guide a tow truck to you. They can even relocate you and your children to immediate safety.
Many of the entertainment items you need to keep your children happy and comfortable while traveling can be found at dollar or discount stores. Keep these items in the pockets behind your front seats or in the trunk of your car along with emergency items. Make sure to charge your emergency cellphone regularly and replace emergency food and beverage items as they expire.
Traveling with kids can be a nerve-wracking experience. Your goal is to get from point A to point B safely and without issue, which can be accomplished more easily if you have the right items in your vehicle. For all your towing needs, count on our team at Hix Wrecker Service to help you and your children get back on the road safely after an unexpected breakdown.