Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied on Road Trips by mrsmarts

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									                 Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied on Road Trips

On the road, drivers must deal with constant traffic concerns, including
glaring sunlight, blinding rain, traffic jams, street signs and other drivers. But
one distraction you might not have thought about is your kids.

According to AAA, more than 1.5 million crashes have involved some kind of
driver distraction, and 24 percent of crashes occur because of drivers having
to deal with children in the back seat. Here are a few ways to keep the kids
occupied the next time you hit the road.

* Books and children's magazines: Time passes quickly when children are
engrossed in a story. Take this opportunity to teach your children the
importance of reading. If your kids can't read in the car, try books on tape or
compact discs.

* Crafts: Have the kids put together scrapbooks with items from the trip.
Pack instant cameras, glue sticks, markers and construction paper to get
them started.

* Puzzles, board games and cards: At first these activities might seem unfit
for road trips, but many newer versions are designed for travel. These games
either come in compact cases or with magnetic boards to keep pieces from
being lost in the vehicle.

* On-screen entertainment: Increasing numbers of consumers are purchasing
vehicles with liquid crystal display TV screens for passenger viewing. Today,



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not only can your kids play video games and watch DVDs in the car, they can
catch their favorite television shows as well.

The TracVision A5, created by Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, lets you
watch live television while on the road. This in-motion satellite television
system has a low-profile antenna that mounts to the roof of the car and a
compact satellite receiver stored in the trunk.

Compatible with DirecTV service, it provides hundreds of channels of satellite
television and music. It's also designed to be part of a versatile entertainment
system that can include DVD players, VCRs, video game systems and digital
video recorders.

The system sells for about $3,500. The monthly satellite service fee varies
depending on the package selected but is similar to home programming.




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