The car drill technique
Far from being a haven, the car can become a family battleground on wheels. But stay in control and keep your eyes on the road with Supernanny’s car drill technique…
Get ready, set and go.....
Bored children sitting close together in a small space are a recipe for disaster on car trips. Not only do they end up bickering among themselves, but their whining can be a potentially dangerous distraction for whoever is driving. Giving them something to do and having clear rules about how they behave inn the car are key to a stress-free – and safe – journey.
Step 1: Decide where they sit
If you have several children, think about how best to seat them. Kids close in age will be able to easily swap in-car activities between themselves if you seat them next to each other. Alternately, an older child sitting next to a younger sibling can help to keep their little brother or sister amused and retrieve any dropped toys or books. If two of your children tend to clash more, seat them well away from each other if you have the space.
Keep safety in mind at all times - use car seats, and make sure you switch off air bags if your child has to travel in the front seat (although it's better to put children in the back if possible).
Step 2: Keep them occupied
Idle hands and minds make mischief, so five minutes before you intend setting off make sure each child chooses a toy, game or book to keep them occupied in the car.
Step 3: Buckle up
Before you leave, remind your kids to buckle up. And remember to follow the law on car seats.
Step 4: Lay down the rules
Make sure your children know what you expect from them in the way of behaviour. You can make it as simple as firmly stating that ‘house rules apply’ or have a separate list of four or five in-car behaviour rules. The point is that you should be in control at all times.
Step 5: Stop if there’s a problem
Constantly monitoring your kids in the rearview mirror or turning around to try and exert your authority means your focus isn’t where it should be – on your driving. If any of your children act up in the car, pull over to the side of the road to sort it out and switch the seating arrangement to keep the peace if necessary.
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