If you are travelling a long way to an airport or to a holiday destination then it is possible that you will have to go in a car. If you have a journey that is more than an hour long, then it can sometimes get very tedious, if it is more than four hours it can be even worse. If you travel at a popular time, you can find that the roads will be really busy and this may make your journey a lot longer as you are queuing behind other cars. Therefore it can be a good idea to plan well for your car journey so that it can be a fun as possible.
Plan travel times carefully
It is worth thinking about exactly when you are going to travel. If you can, it can be wise to avoid the roads when they will be the busiest. Roads are always busy in the morning before people start work and in the evening when they are returning as well as locally busy when children are dropped off and picked up from school. You may therefore want to plan to avoid towns and cities at these times and try to be on the motorway then.
You will also find that certain days will be busier. For example it is always busy travelling away from London on a Friday evening and towards London on a Sunday evening and is probably the same for other large cities too. When school holidays start holiday travel increases too. So you will find that there will be more people travelling on Saturdays as this is often a changeover day for self-catering holidays. However, some people will get away on a Friday night when they finish work or on the last day of term, once their children have finished school. It can therefore be wise to avoid travelling on those days if you can.
Bring activities to do
Once in the car, you may like to be entertained. This might involve listening to an audio book, some music or the radio. If you have children with you they might like to watch a DVD or play on a mobile device. They may also enjoy playing travel chess or other travel games, cards or even drawing. However, do beware that children may be prone to car sickness if they are not looking out of the window. If this is the case then it can be a good idea to think of some different activities to play with them which involve looking outside, such as eye spy or looking out for certain colour cars, brands of lorry, spelling words from registration plates or spotting wildlife. There are plenty of ideas of car games that you could play with them, if you search online.
Plan interesting stops
It can really help to break up boredom on a car journey if you have some interesting stops. Service stations are practical but they are not that interesting and so looking for other places to go to might be better. You may find, for example, that there is a pretty town along the way that you can stop at for a picnic lunch or a play area that the children can go to for a while. There might even be a museum or something like that, which you can enjoy for a few hours. This can really help you to feel that you are on holiday as you are doing holiday type activities.
Even if there are not these opportunities on your journey, it is wise to stop every few hours. Have a walk around as you should be stretching your legs anyway and it will mean that the driver is less likely to feel overtired while driving which could lead to dangerous driving or even falling asleep at the wheel.
Consider staying over
If you are driving a really long distance then it could be worth planning an overnight stop to break up the journey. It can really help with the tiredness that is often experienced when driving long distances and it can also make the trip feel more fun. A stop in a hotel can be a good experience and you can get some great food as well and be fully rested for the next bout of driving. If there is more than one of you that can drive, then this can help as the driver will not get so tired. However, if you have children or others with you, then they may get tired and fancy a break themselves. They may be able to fall asleep in the car, but not everyone is able to do this easily.
Have plenty of food and drink and things to keep comfortable
It is well worth making sure that you have plenty of food and drink in the car, within easy reach to help keep you comfortable during the journey. If you have to stop in queues of traffic or just have a long journey t hen you may need some refreshment. Although a driver should not be eating and drinking while driving as it can be distracting, passengers may want to and the driver may be able to pull in for a few minutes so they can get some refreshments.
It is also good to think of other things that may be needed. You may need blankets or pillows to keep warm and comfortable. If there are children in the car, they may want to sleep and so having a pillow can be really good for them. Making sure that they can keep cool can also be helpful so if you do not have air conditioning in the car, a hand fan, could be a useful thing for them to have.
If children are young, they might also like to have a cuddly toy or comfort blanket if they like this sort of thing. This could help them to feel happier as well as helping them sleep if they want to nap.