The Secret To Surviving A Long Car Journey With Children



By Ben Hatch in The Telegraph.


Having survived driving more than 8,000 miles around Britain with two children in the back seat while writing a guidebook about family-friendly attractions, I have come up with some essential tips for those long car journeys this summer. Hopefully it might stop one or two of you doing what I once did – losing my cool so badly at the wheel I snapped the rear-view mirror off and flung it into a field. Stay calm parents, read this, and let me know if you have any other ideas.

1. Enthuse kids about their destination

Enough take the edge of the journey, but never oversell it as we once did visiting the Wensleydale Cheese Visitor Centre. On the strength of a Yorkshire Tourist Board leaflet featuring pictures of Wallace and Gromit sticking their thumbs up, we rashly promised life-size models of these cartoon characters would be wandering around. Unfortunately the only thing Wallace and Gromit related at the Wensleydale Cheese Visitor Centre was a chalk outline of them on the café’s specials board.

Effectively we’d driven two hours to a working cheese factory to show small kids some stainless steel tubs and information boards highlighting the cheese-making processes of milling and tipping. I’m not sure about your kids, but it turned out ours weren’t that interested in milling or tipping, something they reminded us about the whole drive back.


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