How to Survive a Road Trip With Kids

Taking a road trip this summer? If so, you’re not alone. A Trip Advisor survey found that 89 percent of respondents are planning a vacation, with many driving to their destinations. And there are bound to be lots of people braving the open road with young kids in tow.

Before you start envisioning hours of minivan meltdowns and being asked “Are we there yet?” know that you can have a stress-free road trip with your little ones.

“My husband and I did one with three young kids, and I was eight months pregnant!” says Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a family physician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “It’s all about adjusting your expectations and planning for as much as you can in advance.” With that in mind, check out these tips to make sure your family has a smooth ride.

Check the car. No one wants to deal with a breakdown, but getting stranded with toddlers is a true disaster. Be sure your tires (including the spare) are in good shape, and that everything from the windshield wipers to the air-conditioning system is up to par.

If you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, such as AAA, consider signing up before you leave. You can also download EmergenSee, a free app that transforms your smartphone into a personal security system by allowing users to stream live video, audio and GPS location and tracking to selected contacts or public safety officers during a time of distress.

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