The Dos and Don’ts of Travelling With Your Kids

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One of the most daunting tasks any parent has to do is travel with their kids. It can be difficult enough without having to worry about what you should or shouldn't do, but luckily for you, here’s a list of dos and don'ts that will make your next journey much more manageable.

Ensure Each Kid Is Safely Secured
This is the first step as a parent when travelling with your kids. Ensuring their seatbelt is secure, and they have no access to the car controls or windows will ensure that you can focus on driving safely.

If your child's not old enough to wear a safety belt yet, then it's best practice to keep them in an appropriate baby carrier.

The following are safety tips you can follow for your kids:

- Make sure they are wearing the correct size safety belts and that you've adjusted it

- Your child's head should not be leaning to either side at any point, nor should it feel compressed or pinched by a seatbelt strap.

- Be aware of what your kid may reach while in the car and keep them from doing anything which could put them in danger.

Be Careful When Driving
Driving is more dangerous for kids than adults, and it is even worse when they are inside the car. It does not matter whether you're on a short trip or long road trip; always ensure that your children are properly secured in their seats. This will help prevent injuries from sudden stops and accidents, leading to serious injuries such as whiplash and brain damage.

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Know What To Do in Case of an Accident
This is a crucial one. In case of an accident, it is best to remain calm and not panic. It sounds easier than done, but the last thing you want is to freak out in front of kids.

You should ask your kids where they feel pain and make sure it's nothing serious like a broken bone. Kids will play down injuries, so that may be why this step needs to come first before any other measures. If another car is part of the accident, then call 911 and insurance details from the other driver.

What Not To Do: There is no point in getting mad at anyone when you are in a state of shock. If you can't control your anger, wait until it's safe and calm before confronting the other driver(s) or calling the police.

Avoid Unnecessary Quarrels (Distractions) in the Vehicle
Arguing is a big distraction, and it takes away from the whole purpose of a road trip: to have fun and enjoy yourself.

Make sure everyone's happy with all activities planned so there are no arguments about where you stop or what you do next.

Include your kids in decision-making as much as possible; this will help them feel included and valued instead of feeling like being dragged along on an unwanted holiday. If they're not consulted, then they'll likely sulk for most of the journey.

In conclusion, make sure you get your kids involved with the travelling process and set clear rules for them to follow. Ensure they are all buckled up safely in their seats, maintain a calm atmosphere throughout the journey and have peace of mind by knowing what to do should an accident occur on route.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.

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