Posted by Aston Avery

Best road trip games guide launched

Everyone looks forward to going on holiday. But for some, the thought of a long car ride, stuck in a confined space on a hot summers day with the kids is enough to send anyone over the edge. Between temper tantrums, loo breaks, declarations of hunger and boredom and the dreaded question “are we there yet?”, it can be tempting to switch on a movie or distract them with tablets or smartphones. However, new data reveals that many families could be missing out on the all-important bonding time that road trips offer.

Researchers for Kwik Fit asked people to reflect on their childhood journeys and what they most enjoyed.  The findings show that twice as many people liked group activities on their family car trips compared to solo pursuits – 74% vs 36% respectively.

However, the study shows that a quarter (26%) of those who now have children aged 0-16 spend less time doing family activities than they did with their own parents on their childhood car journeys.  The findings indicate that up to 2.8 million families could be missing out on making valuable memories on school holiday journeys. 

With many schools about to break up and 17.6 million Brits clocking up an average of 400 miles in the car on their summer holidays, Kwik Fit has launched its Ultimate Guide to Car Games to help take families from screen time to serene time on their next road trip.  They’ve also developed a handy pre-travel check list for drivers to make sure their car is in tip top condition before hitting the open road.

Aston spoke to child psychologist Professor Sam Wass.

Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash

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