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How to keep your kids busy on a road trip

Heading out to the park, the beach or just to visit relatives? If you’re a parent, it’s hard not to dread a road trip when it takes roughly 2.3 seconds (give or take) for the kids to get bored and restless in the back seat.

If you don’t find a way to distract them from the trip, they’re apt to distract you — and having your attention diverted from the road to break up a back-seat squabble can be dangerous. With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep your progeny occupied while you’re on the road:

  1. Bring an activity bag for each kid. Let each of your children fill a bag with their favorite forms of entertainment, whether that’s video games, crayons and drawing pads or a pile of books. The only rule is that they have to be able to play with whatever they bring by themselves.
  2. Invest in earphones and movies. If your kids have portable DVD players, tablets or cellular phones, get each kid their own earphones and let them watch a movie of their choice. The earphones will keep the sound from bothering you as you drive.
  3. Plan a few stops in advance. Part of the reason that kids get so irritable in a car is that they tend to have a lot of energy. You can dissipate a little of that extra energy by planning for stops that will allow your kids to get out of the car, stretch, grab a snack or use the restroom along the way.

Unfortunately, even when you’re effective at combating the distractions posed by kids in a car, other drivers may not be so diligent. If you end up in a car wreck because another driver got distracted, make sure that you speak to an attorney before you speak to an insurance company’s adjuster.