By Andrew Segal on December 1

Long car journeys with the kids – a brief survival guide

Don’t let those long car journeys with the kids ruin your holiday. Follow these top 10 tips from parents who were surveyed on how to keep the children entertained, and ensure you’re all still talking to each other by the time you arrive.

“Something beginning with T…”:

Nearly half (47%) of parents said that they used classic car games, like iSpy and 20 Questions, to entertain their children.

The wheels on the bus go round & round:

Over a third (34%) listened to their child’s favourite song on repeat in the car.

Keep ‘em connected:

One in four (24%) admitted that they allowed electronic devices to be used for longer than they would normally allow at home.

Relaxing on bedtime rules:

A quarter (25%) admitted to allowing their children to stay awake in the car later than their usual bed time.

The travelling dustbin:

A quarter (25%) said that on long car journeys they are more relaxed about the mess being made by their children – what’s a box of raisons, strewn breadsticks, crisps and drinks’ cartons everywhere between family anyway?!

“Another sweet, sweetie?”:

One in four (24%) parents admitted to bribing their children to be well behaved with treated and sweets.

Don’t forget the headphones:

To promote a tranquil car one in five (19%) provide headphones for electronic devices so they don’t have to listen to that bleeping game, YouTube video or film.

Stopping for fast food:

One in five (19%) have bribed their children to behave with the promise of a visit to a fast food outlet.

Visualise that first drink:

13% of parents have survived a long car journey by visualising their first pint or glass of wine on arrival.

Talk in code:

12% have spoken in code about distance to destination and possible rest stops so children don’t pick up on the conversation. 6% have promised ridiculous rewards to their children if they would stop asking the usual “are we nearly there yet?” question.