Parents admit driving with baby on board fuels in-car stress

Parents admit driving with baby on board fuels in-car stress

New research by 1ST CENTRAL car insurance, has revealed that driving with children can cause parents some serious stress. The results revealed that three of the top four most stressful journeys involve driving with children and babies in the car.  From the moment they are born, bringing them home from hospital, right through to the daily grind of the school run it seems parents can’t relax with kids in the back seat.

The research revealed that for a quarter of parents (25 per cent) their nerves were at their worst driving with a new baby on board. Protective parents admitted that their top concern was other drivers causing an accident (37 per cent), closely followed by ensuring the baby was strapped in correctly (28 per cent).

The top 10 most stressful car journeys

  1. Driving kids on the school run
  2. Driving to the airport to make a flight
  3. Driving other people’s children
  4. Driving your newborn home from hospital
  5. Driving to a new job on the first day
  6. Driving to the hospital when you or your partner is in labour
  7. Driving the in-laws / your parents
  8. Driving with a date in the car
  9. Driving your boss / a colleague
  10. Driving to your wedding
To help stressed out parents 1ST CENTRAL is working with Good Egg Safety, the internationally awarded family safety brand, to provide some top tips to help keep parents calm when driving with their children.

Good Egg Safety top tips for travelling with babies and children:
  1. Make sure your child car seat is the right one for your child and any vehicle that it will be fitted into.
  2. With babies, plan regular breaks for long journeys. It is not recommended to leave them in their car seat for over 90 minutes. With children, it is important to take 20 minute breaks from the car every 2 hours. 
  3. If timings allow try to plan your journey around your child’s regular nap time to ensure part, if not all, of the journey is restful for both of you.
  4. Remember to take some snacks and a drink that can be on hand during the journey.
  5. Have a think about fun and easy car games that will keep them stimulated but do not distract you from driving.
  6. If your baby or child is distressed then pull over safely to comfort them, rather than turning around whilst driving.
  7. To keep your child entertained, have a few soft toys wrapped up and that can be given out during the journey to keep it new and exciting (and children well occupied!)
If you have children prone to travel sickness, take sick bags and keep them easily accessible, along with a change of clothes just in case. Results show that mums and dads don’t just nest at home but are spending on average almost £100 to baby proof the car.  One in ten (10%) techy parents even splurge on gadgets such as baby cams for the back seat.

Andy James, UK CEO at 1ST CENTRAL commented: “It is unsurprising that we feel stressed when carrying our most precious cargo.  Our research shows that parents are not alone in feeling fraught when travelling with their children. We are working with Good Egg Safety to help shed some light on the subject and hope the tips will be useful to parents to help prevent stressful situations affecting their driving.”