It’s game on to help survive those long car journeys

Phones and tablets are used by 93% of five to 18-year-olds to keep them occupied during long car jo

Phones and tablets are used by 93% of five to 18-year-olds to keep them occupied during long car journeys. - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nine out of 10 (93%) five to 18-year-olds occupy themselves with a phone or tablet during long car journeys, according to a Vauxhall-commissioned survey called Are we nearly there yet?

However, traditional car games – such as I-Spy, car snooker and waving at other drivers – are not completely out the window.

It seems the survival of the traditional car game has lasted the test of time despite the introduction of new technologies, with 87% of parents encouraging children to play games not involving technology.

With families planning summer outings, the survey uncovered the most off-putting niggles that long car journeys with children undoubtedly bring. More than half of respondents (52%) loathed siblings fighting in the back of the car and nearly half (45%) disliked the constant requests of 'Are we nearly yet?'

Other deterrents including multiple requests to stop for the toilet (39%), a third (33%) worried about car sickness and more than a fifth (22%) found constant demands for music insufferable.


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However, there are tools and techniques for surviving long car journeys with children. The most popular after phones or tablets were portable DVD players (27%) followed by snacks (22%), music (19%), games (15%), talking books (8%) and toys (7%).

More than two-fifths (43%) of those with children have driven to Europe with children. On average the furthest motorists drive with a child under a year old is four hours, for those aged 12 to 18 the average is six hours.

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