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Tips to stop kids fighting in the car

Tips to stop kids fighting in the car

 

With the long school holidays approaching, the chances are that you’ll be spending more time in the car with your kids, be it long road trips or just short trips keeping them entertained. Here are some top tips to help stop kids from fighting during car journeys that don’t include putting them in a zombie-like state with electronic devices.  

Boredom:

Boredom can play a big part in fuelling in-car arguments. Make sure that kids have toys or books to keep them entertained. This will reduce their focus on each other and therefore reduce the chances of conflict. Games are a great way to keep you kids distracted from each other. Let’s face it, playing ‘I-spy’ in the car is a right of passage for all kids! Games of concentration and imagination also help keep the parents' minds alert. Don’t forget to set prizes and motivation for kids to get involved. A competition to count the number of red cars versus white cars spotted can keep kids entertained for hours. Sing-along songs can also work a treat if your kids are into singing.

 

Food & Drink:

Nutrition and hydration can play a huge role in the mood of your children. Being pumped full of sugar either before or during a car journey and then being confined to a small space is obviously not ideal. So think carefully about the meals and food you give your kids before a car trip. Try to focus on nutritious snacks rather than temporary sugar highs. Hunger can be equally problematic, so make sure you either pack food or pull over for meal breaks. If you’re on a long road trip, some basic pre-journey research into where to pull over for lunch can help. Try to avoid the fast food outlets in service stations by checking out local towns slightly off the motorways instead.

 

Taking A Break:

If you’re planning to stop for a break during longer trips, aim for somewhere where the kids can burn off some pent up energy. Maybe there’s a playground, field or beach nearby? A good climb, run or swim while you’re waiting for your food to be served can expend your kids energy leading to a much quieter atmosphere in the car.

 

Safe Backseat Car Divider:

And of course, installing the Backseat Carma in your car will make a huge difference. Just try it, you wont be disappointed.

 

Happy driving.

The Backseat Carma Team.

Safety First! Introducing The Backseat Carma: A Secure Car Seat Divider

The Backseat Carma has been designed with safety in mind from day one. Our team has sought the advice of experts during the development stage to create our final product.

Following the final development we caught up with Tom Goudkamp of Stacks Goudkamp to get his advice about the risks of distracted driving.

Hi, I’m Tom Goudkamp from Stacks Goudkamp, the leading personal injury law firm in Sydney. Over my 40 years specialising in motor vehicle accident cases I’ve unfortunately seen all too many involving families. Make no mistake, any distractions in a car, be it using a mobile phone or changing the radio station can lead to accidents. However, the combination of the high stress and distraction caused by kids fighting in the car regularly leads to terrible accidents.

 It only takes a moment of turning around to shout at your children to cause an accident, not only for your family but for other road users too. So anything parents can do to prevent kids from causing distraction in the car can only be a good thing.

 Unfortunately some parents attempt to create an insecure barrier between kids by using anything from luggage bags to surf boards! In the event of an accident, these unsecured items can cause further injury to passengers. Having a secure car seat divider is a must.

The Backseat Carma creates a safe physical barrier between kids in the backseat, reducing the opportunity for children to goad each other which often leads to all-out war in the car. The design of this car seat separator does not restrict the driver’s view through the rear window and because it is secured using the rear seat belt, there is no opportunity for the Backseat Carma to move around the vehicle.

As a father myself, I only wish the Backseat Carma had been available when my children were younger. I'm certainly thinking about ordering one for my grandchildren. 

Safe travels

Tom Goudkamp

Lawyer & Managing Director, Stacks/Goudkamp Pty Ltd

 

 

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