Any parent can tell you: traveling with kids can be tricky. Finding the right temperature for the car, making sure everyone’s properly buckled, getting those seating arrangements right—this time, anyway—and then getting on the road only to find someone’s hungry, thirsty, or just downright cranky. Check out a few tips from Lexington Toyota to make your next trip a little easier.
How can I make driving with my kids easier?
The first and best tip for how to make driving with your kids easier is to prepare ahead of time as much as you can. Try to get these things set before you hit the road, especially before long trips.
- Move around before you go: If you don’t have to leave early in the morning for a long trip, try to play around a little. Your kids are more likely to tire out and sleep in the car if they have an outlet. Planning stops along the way to stretch your collective legs can also be very helpful.
- Set up snacks: Set aside a few things you can keep in the car for when you don’t have time to plan—like pretzels, dry cereal, and dried fruit—and when you do have time, add a little variety. Tackle boxes and jewelry boxes make pretty great portable storage containers for long trips.
- Set assigned seats… forever: It might seem like an odd idea, but if your kids always know where to sit there’ll be no “I got here first” arguments (and less hostility in the car for it). Kids can always renegotiate later on if they feel so inclined.
Set up a playlist, and you’re good to go! If you’re headed out on a long trip, be sure to stop by our service center for a tune-up before you hit the road. If you need some more space for your family in the car, check out our new and certified used vehicles to see if there’s an upgrade that fits your needs and your budget.