There is nothing that quite bonds a family together more than a car trip.
Games of I-spy and license-plate bingo.
The floor of the backseat, once carpet, now a foot-deep mush of half eaten bread rolls, lolly wrappers and empty juice boxes.
And the horror of hearing the words “My tablet’s run out of battery.”
There is nothing quite like a car trip.
"The floor of the backseat, once carpet, now a foot-deep mush of half eaten bread rolls, lolly wrappers and empty juice boxes." Image: iStock.
Fights over who gets the window seats and when the windows can be down, trips down the scenic route that can either end in discovering somewhere new to make memories or a desperate search for a phone signal so you can work out just where the heck you are.
As a mum, there are a million things that run through your mind, not just in the preparation but in the execution of the ultimate family car trip. Fortunately, it turns out that there are a bunch of clever ways to get around these problems and one of them is as simple as playing a certain song.
1. Is everyone in the car?
If you think I’m joking, then you probably haven’t got kids like mine.
My little Houdinis in disguise can be strapped safely into their car seats one minute and scooted out the door the next. I’ve made sure to engage the child safety locks on my vehicle doors to stop those little fingers opening them.