63% of Spaniards don’t stop to rest when travelling by car if their children fall asleep.
It’s time for summer holidays, and this means preparations for the travel also begin. For those who travel as a family, organising every detail and making the journey as smooth as possible for the children who constantly ask “mom, dad, are we there yet?”, or trying to avoid the silly arguments caused by boredom is often a challenge.
Nevertheless, according to data from the latest survey conducted by Trive, the car is still considered the most comfortable means of transport when travelling with children by 72% of parents, while 15% prefer to go by plane, 12% by train and only 1% opt for travelling by bus.
Stress reduction vs safety: “Don’t stop! The kids are asleep.”
Half of those surveyed said they made stops every hour when the kids were travel-sick, bored or hungry.
Forty-five per cent keep going and only stop when they need to rest and for safety measures, and up to 5% said they only stop if there’s no other alternative. One of the most significant findings was that 6 out of 10 of those who took part in the survey said that if the children fall asleep, they keep driving and some even complete the journey in one go.
Data from the survey also shows that almost 40% try to set off on their journey around the time when their younger children usually sleep.
Furthermore, it seems that having children in the car makes us better and safer drivers. According to the survey, drivers take more precautionary measures when they have children with them in the car, and 6 out of 10 drivers said they reduce speed and pay more attention to the road and other vehicles.
The traditional car journey vs. new technologies
Distracting the little ones in the car is a huge challenge for the parents’ imagination, who, according to the survey, choose to add extras like adapted seats, sunshades, activity trays and mobile devices in the car. However, and in spite of the rise in new technologies being included in cars, many still prefer to enjoy the classic road trip. In fact, 7 out of 10 of those who took part in the survey said they prefer the children to entertain themselves during the journey without any technological devices.