You’re going on a long car journey with the children. You will all be stuck in the car together for hours. Sounds like a recipe for disaster doesn’t it. There are simple ways to ease up the stress of a long journey and make it far more manageable. I for one believe in keeping children entertained as I tend to do the driving when we go on trips and get nervous on motorways. Lorries veering in and out of lanes without signalling really do worry me and combined with children who are in themselves a distraction, ensuring I make travelling as easy as possible is a necessity.
Here are my top car features that make family travel much easier:
For a safety nut you’d think I’d have one of these little beauties, but alas I never got round to doing all the research to get the right one. But, dash cams may now be a thing of the past. Aviva created an app that I can simply download to my phone transforming it into a dash cam. All I need to get is a cradle for my phone that attaches to the windscreen and I’m reeving to go! Naturally once I discovered this, I took a look at the website to find out more.
The app would track my fabulous driving skills and give me a discount on my car insurance. The app will also give evidence if I was hit by another driver. I’m a pretty good driver (or at least I think so) but as my dad always say’s “it’s the other drivers you need to be worried about” and having driven for about 18 years I totally agree.
Did I mention the app is totally FREE – bonus!
Ipads and Back Seat Organiser(s) / Tablet Holder(s)
The ipads we have thankfully, although I don’t have the organisers/holders. I have however found some back seat organisers on the BTR Kids site which look great. They come as a pack of 2 and are currently on offer! These make it easier for the children to view their programmes/movies whilst on the go and keep any other must-have items (you know they’ll have a fair few for no obvious reason other than they’re kids) tucked away tidily.
In Car DVD Players / Portable DVD Players
These can be lifesavers. Journeys never seem as long or stressful when the children are entertained and this is the perfect way to do this. Whether they’re Finding Nemo, singing along to Moana or even watching Peppa Pig for the zillionth time they will be happy and we all know that’s a good thing! Happy children = happy parents. I would love some in car dvd players in my next car that’s for sure. The other more affordable option is portable DVD players like those you can find at Halfords.
USB Ports / Portable Power Bank
USB ports can be great if you have taken gadgets on long journeys as someone will need to charge their ipad part way there. As long as you remember to bring the right charging wire you can count it as a parent win. Older cars don’t have inbuilt USB ports but you can get around that easily with a portable power bank they’re brilliant! You can charge numerous items at the same time with some too which is great.
Tinted Glass / Kids Sunshade Shields
Tinted glass is great to prevent the glare of the sun irritating the little ones and saves your blood pressure rising. I’m fortunate in that my latest car has tinted back windows. In addition window tinting offers some protection against uv radiation. Those without need not worry though you can easily get your hands on an alternative thanks to Tesco who have kids sunshade shields that are made of fabric that blocks UVA and UVB rays and are far more effective at blocking out harmful rays.
Movies downloaded onto ipads or dvd players will only keep children entertained for so long and then the dreaded chiming of “are we there yet” begins, reaching a crescendo and leaving an echo in your ears that lasts for ages. Wi-Fi opens up a world of opportunities from watching cute videos of children reviewing the latest must have toys, to watching their favourite programmes and even watching videos about their rapidly (hopefully) nearing destination.
These car features will make the journey far easier for the whole family but make sure you don’t forget to bring plenty of drinks and snacks too.
Happy travels xxx
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