Happy September! The dog days of summer are coming to an end, and the days of fresh pencils, backpacks, and car trips to school and extra-curricular activities are here. These trips can get monotonous and long for both parent and child. But don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with a few tips to make back to school driving not only tolerable, but fun!
Learn some new games.
Kids love car games—and so do adults! Classics like “I Spy”, the “License Plate Game”, and “Hangman” are great places to start. Check out this great list to start your own game menu and offer them up to your children and their friends. For longer trips (or just after a long week), a stash of dollar store toys for prizes can help kids really get into the game-playing spirit!
Snacks, snacks, snacks.
If there’s one thing that kids love even more than games, it’s snacks. Having a stash of snacks in your car can help keep kids happy and nourished. Get a small plastic tub and fill it with granola bars, trail mix, whole grain crackers, and fruit snacks. Use a plastic cereal container (easy to open, with a lid) as a makeshift garbage can to keep your vehicle as clean as possible. For the sake of your upholstery, apple sauce and juice are not recommended!
Stick to a routine and set safety rules.
Having a routine—the time you leave, where passengers sit, where you pick up and drop off the kids—takes time and disorder out of the process. Plus, it makes back to school driving easier (and less stressful) for all passengers. Setting expectations around these processes is important, but safety is paramount. Here are a few non-negotiables:
- Seat belts must be worn at all times
- No unscheduled stops
- Children will only be dropped off at areas pre-designated by parents
- No smartphone usage by the driver (set a good example!)
Employ these fun, delicious, and safety-enforcing tips and enjoy a happy back-to-school driving season!