Keeping your eyes on road, not kids
ROAD safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger.
This week he urges motorists to stay focused and not get distracted by kids in the back.
Following too close to the car in front limits the time you have to react. Leave a minimum gap of two seconds and you'll be more able to spot hazards and keep your kids safe. On the motorway, if you can read the number plate, you're driving too close.
Keep kids occupied with games that promote and reward quiet behaviour without needing driver involvement.
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Portable games consoles or in-car DVD players will keep kids occupied for hours. But don't forget the headphones – the soundtracks can be just as distracting as the children.
If you are planning a long journey, take plenty of food and drink to avoid constant demands from the back seats.
Allow extra stops. Find somewhere for kids to stretch their legs and let off steam, such as a playground.
Have a plastic bag (no holes!) in case of sickness.
A second adult in the car to look after the children allows the driver to concentrate.
Don't turn round to deal with fighting kids while you're still in motion – find somewhere to stop first.
Peter said: "Kids can be noisy and distracting, especially if bored. Keep them occupied as much as possible to keep your attention on the road."