The top ten ways that parents survive long car journeys with their children include playing classic car games such as iSpy (48%), followed by being forced to listen to their children’s favourite song on repeat (32%).
- I spy with my little eye! Nearly half (48%) of parents said that they used classic car games, like iSpy and 20 Questions, to entertain their children.
- Can we listen to it again, and again, and again? Nearly a third (32%) have listened to their children’s favourite song on repeat.
- More sweets? One in four (24%) parents admitted to bribing their children to be well behaved with treats and sweets.
- I stayed awake until 10pm! Nearly a quarter (23%) admitted to allowing their children to stay awake in the car later than their usual bed time.
- Look at the state of this car! Nearly a quarter (23%) said that on long car journeys they are more relaxed about the mess being made by their children.
- First person to see the Golden Arches! One in five (21%) have bribed their children to behave with the promise of a visit to a fast food outlet.
- Can I use the iPad? One in five (20%) admitted that they allowed electronic devices to be used for longer than they would normally allow at home.
- Don’t forget your headphones! To promote a tranquil car: one in five (18%) provide headphones for electronic devices so they don’t have to listen to the game, YouTube video or film.
- Get the beer and wine on ice! 11% of parents have survived a long car journey by visualising their first pint or glass of wine on arrival.
- “I think we have another ‘H’ ‘O’ ‘U’ ‘R’ to go” 10% have spoken in code about distance to destination and possible rest stops so children don’t pick up on the conversation.