Family trips in the car should be exciting and memorable. Don’t forget to stop every now and then to stretch the legs or maybe see some of the sights along the way. I know when Dad gets behind the wheel he just wants to get going and get there as fast as he can. Ok Dad or Mom it’s not about you all the time and if you want happy kids consider some of their comforts as well. Nothing worse than grumpy moaning kids trust me. Anyway here are some suggestions for entertainment along the way in between stops.
- When it comes to food and drink, if you’re heading from home then packing a picnic lunch and finding a park to spread the blanket is a great way to allow the children let off some steam. Make up some favorites to eat and try to keep away from Junk food that could make them a little Hypo.
- If the kids are older than they’ll want to help manage a playlist of songs. Give everyone in the car an option to choose – no child wants to listen to their parent’s soundtrack no matter how cool the parents think they are (note to self: Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” has not aged well).
- For younger children the audiobook is a blessing. Currently in the Top 10 audio books on Booktopia there are plenty of choices for the young ‘uns such as The 91 Story Treehouse to The World’s Worst Children 2; as well as evergreens such as Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree (read by Kate Winslet) and The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Games such “The Animal Name Game” (where one person names an animal. Then each person in order has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. “Lynx” has in the past, brought the game to a quick conclusion); “The Alphabet Game” (where one person chooses the right-hand side of the road, and someone else the left and each player looks for letters of the alphabet that appear on their side. The first to point out all the letters of the alphabet in order wins); and the old chestnut that is “I Spy” will always help wile away the hours.
- There is technology. Whip out this option when the going gets rough. Some of the best game apps include Drawing Pad (age 2-4); Lightbot Jr (age 5-8) and Dragon Box Elements (age 9-12). But they’ll no doubt have their favorites. Now this one for me Is not a good option as I believe the kids should be more aware of where they are going and the surroundings plus scenery.
As comedian Eddie Cantor once said, “Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why”.
This is interesting as if you are like me you walk a lot and sometimes a dog racing out to greet you can be a little scary. Often its just they are excited to see you but sometimes not so much. I found these tips very good as I have actually used some of them on occasion. I always carry water so that is my go to. Anyway hope you find it informative
“Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Driving in remote places in triple digit temperatures and your car breaks down.
Apparently a person can survive up to 48 hours in a hot climate without water. The secret is limiting evaporation. Covering up with clothing helps hold the body moisture. Don’t be exposing the skin with skimpy tops and shorts.
a. If you know you will be traveling in hot harsh conditions carry at least 2 gallons of water per person per day as well as some salty snacks to replace the salt you may lose during sweating. I have a friend that always carry’s a two gallon container in her car where ever she goes as you never know when you may get caught in a traffic jam in very hot conditions on the highway where there is no where to get off the road.
A golf umbrella in the trunk is also a good idea for instant shade. If you are hiking let someone know where you are going and for how long.
b. Check your tires – Check them before you leave to make sure they are at the right pressure. If the air is 100 degrees, the pavement can be between 180 and 200 degrees. Blowouts are common.
c. Stay with your vehicle – Your car is your survival kit. It is easier to spot a car than a person from above. The car also provides shelter and shade and you can always use the horn and lights for signaling . Keep the doors open for ventilation and lift te hood of the car so someone can see your are in strife.
d. Get off the ground – The ground will be extremely hot. If you have to be outside in the heat use a chair if you have one in the trunk or use one of the seats.
Guy Haskell a 30 year EMS veteran and executive director of EMS services in Bloomington Indiana says:– “Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”
Your car is in a large Body of Water and sinking. Cars do drive off bridges and get caught in flash floods.
A. Work before you sink – As a car sinks outside pressure against the windows and doors will only build. If you submerge it will be almost impossible to open the doors. Electric windows may not work because of a short-circuit. Try open a door or window before th car is completely covered.
Be prepared for the water that will enter your car. Move fast and get out of the car.
B. In a flash flood, use your car – Water in flash floods are generally fast-moving and may not be as deep as a lake so is not going to sink completely. If water slams you car enough that you start moving stay in the car. The car now becomes your boat and protects you from strong currents, mud and any debris that may harm you. In shallow current hopefully the car will bump against something and stop. That will give you a chance to climb out to the roof to escape or signal for help. Use a horn or swing a shirt or towel around to attract attention.
C. Be Prepared – Buy a car escape tool. A combined hammer and knife. One to smash the window and the other to cut the seat belt if it gets jammed. Make sure it is easily accessible like the seat pocket or glove box.
There is also a gadget for your ignition keys but with the rather tragic results with some vehicles because of having something heavy on your key chain it is probably not a good idea.
The address to buy this life saving instrument is below the picture
Go to Amazon to purchase this Life Hammer