- For long trips, travel late at night or very early in the morning to take advantage of the time your child is normally sleeping. Stop every two hours or so and let your kids get out of the car and run around. Play areas are great for blowing off some steam! Stop at family-friendly restaurants.
- Give your children positive praise to help reinforce their good behavior in the car.
According to Dr. Ricardo Martinez, a board-certified emergency physician and administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration,
"Don't gamble with your child's life, regardless of whether the vehicle has an air bag or not. Make it a hard and fast family rule that the vehicle doesn't move unless all occupants are belted."