5 Things to Do Before Heading on the Road with Kids

Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks.

First I got to travel without the kids and husband for a weekend to BlogHer Conference in San Jose.

It was a lot of fun, getting to meet up with some of my favorite bloggers such as Allie of No Time for Flash Cards, Rachelle of Tinkerlab, Jill of A Mom with a Lesson Plan, Kristina of Toddler Approved, and Alissa of Creative with Kids among many, many more.

While there, I attended a Drive and Learn event with BlogHer sponsor, Bridgestone, and tested out their new line ofDriveGuard tires. It was amazing and such a rush to drive the course!

And then the following weekend, I headed off on a short family trip to Chicago. This time it was a four hour car ride with the kids. Going on a train ride to see the Alder Planetarium and the DuPage Children’s Museum.

While I’m all set with ways to keep the kids busy in the car… there are a few things to make sure to do before traveling by car with the kids that make it easier and a safer trip.

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5 things to do before traveling with kids:

  • First things first, pack things to keep the kids busy. From electronics, to car games, to books to read. Check out our list of things to do here.
  • Clean out your vehicle before leaving and make sure you have a place for trash that the kids can reach. A simple trash or plastic grocery bag works wonders. Bring several and change it out during every fuel up.
  • Be focused and awake. Sleep well the night before [I know, easier said than done when kids are in the house] and be sure to have another adult passenger if at all possible in the front seat to talk to you and switch off if you start to feel drowsy. When traveling without another adult, I’ve found podcasts help a ton to keep me awake.
  • Plan in travel time to take breaks often. Especially if you’re the only adult. But also as a break for the kids to get out to stretch and play. We take breaks every hour and a half. Usually for fuel stops and then again in between. Ten to fifteen minutes does wonders to re-energize the driver, but also the kids and helps with the whining.
  • Know your car and what to do in an emergency. Do you know how to change a flat? Even if you do know how, changing a flat tire can be a hassle.  Didyou know if you have Bridgestone’s DriveGuard tires you can drive up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph on a flat tire? That means you can keep moving to a safe and convenient place  to have a flat tire repaired or replaced. No more being stuck on the side of the road! Do you know how to jump start your car if your battery dies? Learn about it.

I recently got to learn a little more about car maintenance from Bridgestone’s Firestone Complete Auto Care team when I attended BlogHer’s conference in San Jose, California.

I attended the Bridgestone Drive and Learn event where I got to drive Bridgestone’s new line of DriveGuard tires that let you go up to 50 miles at up to 50 MPH after a puncture or loss of pressure. .

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I got to drive with the new DriveGuard tires, and one of them had a complete flat. It drug, and I could tell it was flat [which is a good thing], but it still ran just fine around the course.

I’ve had experience in high school with getting a flat and not knowing what happened. I kept driving on it [oh how I wish DriveGuard existed back then] and eventually ripped the tire to shreds and my car was bouncing almost uncontrollably. I was on my way to get on the team bus for a track meet and ended up having to run back home [back before the day of cell phones] to get my Dad to help and get me to the bus.

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And what was way more fun… I got to drive on the tires [on normal pressure] around a cone course in a BMW as fast as I could do it. Phew! That was such a rush and so much fun!

The new DriveGuard tire line from Bridgestone, is available at Firestone Complete Auto Care and other leading Bridgestone tire retailers, and is available for coupes, sedans and wagons with a tire pressure monitoring system.

The new DriveGuard tire line pretty much gets rid of the need for a spare tire. Instead of changing a flat, you just drive on to the nearest tire retailer  to get it fixed!

For more info on Bridgestone and Firestone Complete Auto Care, you can follow them on Twitter @Bridgestone @FirestoneAuto and also on Facebook at Bridgestone Tires and Firestone Complete Auto.  

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What do you make sure you do before heading on the road with kids?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bridgestone Tires. All opinions are my own.

*Repairability of DriveGuard tires depends on the tire damage, amount of pressure loss and vehicle operating conditions. Contact a Bridgestone retailer for details.

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