Getting on the road with your kids is fun. But let’s be safe too. Ballas Buick-GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is here to help you. Ballas Buick GMC’s Service Department is known for its tire selection and auto repair, like getting your car ready for those road trips. Located in Toledo, Ohio values, savings and high quality service are some of the reasons people like to do business with us.
Inevitably many of us will be loading up the car for a visit with family and friends this holiday season. When taking a road trip with children during the already hectic holidays, a little planning can go a long way. We have a few tips to keep your family safe and children entertained when you hit the open road.
Safety Comes First:
Anytime you are traveling, safety should be the number one priority. One of the worst things can happen during holiday travel is breaking down on the side of the road or needing to make a stop for preventable repairs. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and up to date on all maintenance. Before you get on the road, be sure your washer fluid is full and check your tire pressure. Stop by Ballas for
Children need to be restrained in the appropriate car or booster seat and everyone in the car must be wearing a safety belt at all times. If your children become unstrapped or are inconsolable, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Never remove a child from a car seat to sit on your lap. Not sure if your child is in the correct seat for their age? The National Highway Traffice Safety Administration can help you determine what car seat is the right one for your child based on their age, height and weight.
Stick to Your Routine:
Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and also figure in breaks along the way. If possible allow the kids to get out and stretch their legs to burn off some energy at a local park or rest area. Bring a small cooler with your child’s favorite snacks and drinks in spill proof containers. Be sure to bring napkins, wet wipes and a bag for trash to help keep your interior clean.
Keep your child on schedule as much as possible. This includes meals and nap time. Change can often be difficult for children to adjust to, be sure to explain where you are going and what stops you will be making along the way.
Keep Them Entertained:
Perhaps the best way to keep your children occupied and your driver from being distracted is to be prepared to entertain your kids while on the road. Bringing a portable DVD player, their favorite toys (and maybe a few new ones) and some travel friendly games that can be played on the road can make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. Many local libraries rent out books on tape/cd and there are also free pod casts available that can work well for children of all ages. PBS Kids, OnStar and iTunes are all good resources for free audio stories.
About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and 2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.