Mothers’ Day is the perfect time to start behaving in the back

Posted on March 24th, 2014 by GEM Motoring Assist

  • Fines for asking ‘are we nearly there?’
  • No banana skins to be concealed under foot mats
  • No blaming others for your bad smells

30 March 2014 (Mothers’ Day) – GEM Motoring Assist today launches its charter for happy, safer family journeys. The charter contains a list of do’s and don’ts for kids that will make driving a less stressful experience for Mums across the country.

GEM’s vision is that all children who travel in cars should make a solemn promise that for at least the next month they will refrain from a range of unpleasant, distracting and possibly dangerous activities.

David Williams MBE, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, says: “That means a whole month of no fighting in the back, no annoying each other, no sticky sweets smeared on seats, and no constant cries of ‘are we nearly there?

“Mothers’ Day is all about ensuring Mum feels special, so it’s the perfect day to encourage all family members to make peace on road journeys. But we want to encourage something sustained and worthwhile that will still be in place long after Mum’s flowers have wilted and there’s only a sad-looking coconut cream left on the bottom layer of her special chocolate box.”

Charter for kids:

The GEM charter promotes safer, more enjoyable journeys, by asking kids to abide by the following do’s and don’ts:

  • Do go to the toilet before setting off
  • Don’t fight each other on journeys
  • Don’t kick the back of the driver or front passenger seat
  • Do tell Mum or Dad in plenty of time if you feel unwell on a journey
  • Do check the soles of your shoes before you get into the car, and clean them if necessary
  • Don’t provoke or annoy any travelling companions
  • Don’t ask for loo breaks when you don’t really need them
  • Don’t leave sticky sweets on car seats
  • Don’t hide old banana skins under the foot mats
  • Don’t get out of the car without the permission of a grown-up, even if you just want to wander into the shop during a fuel stop
  • Don’t ask ‘Are we nearly there?’ every 10 minutes (see below for our suggested penalties)
  • Don’t produce unsavoury odours and blame someone else

Charter for Mums and Dads:

GEM encourages Mums and Dads not only to reward good behaviour, but to do their bit in making road journeys more tolerable for the little ones:

  • For long journeys, choose and fill a goodie bag for each child with age-appropriate activities and novelties to help time pass more smoothly
  • Pack plenty of small, non-sticky snacks and drinks. Avoid too many sweets
  • Build in worthwhile stops every couple of hours for a good run-around. Try to choose interesting or fun venues, even if this requires a short diversion from your route
  • Make the kids as comfortable as possible. Pack blankets and favourite stuffed animals if they fancy a snooze
  • Give the children £1 each in 20p coins at the start of the journey. Each time one of them asks ‘Are we nearly there?’, you collect 20p and put it in the drinks/snacks kitty
  • Encourage games for everyone. Favourites such as ‘I spy’ and ‘Red car blue car’ can keep kids happy for… well, quite a long time
  • Have a decent sized re-sealable container to hand in case carsickness threatens to strike