Posted by Linda Davidson
Drivers who have packed their caravan refrigeration and plan on hitting the road this summer have been told how best to deal with noisy and distracting kids.
With schools on the horizon of breaking up for summer, many are looking forward to getting away around the UK over the coming weeks.
However, restless children in the back of the car can be off putting, and motorists need to be aware of the dangers, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
It said that leaving a gap of at least two seconds between the car they are driving and the one in front gives them plenty of time to spot and react to hazards and deal with changing road conditions.
"Keep them occupied by inventing games that promote and reward quiet behaviour without needing the driver's direct involvement. Portable games consoles or in-car DVD players will keep kids occupied for hours. But add some headphones – the soundtrack on the monitors can be just as distracting as the kids," advised the IAM.