New research reveals it takes just 31 minutes into a car journey for arguments to start. *
The most common reasons arguments break out in the car are incorrect directions (40%), followed by missing a turn (29%) and wanting to stop for food (26%). Other reasons include squabbles over the type of music being played (22%) and needing a bathroom break (18%).
Pre-plan your route
29% of arguments stem from the driver taking a wrong turn, so consider mapping out your next journey before you go. Budget offers the option to add Garmin DriveSmart, the navigator that features a collection of smart features in addition to helpful driver alerts and easy-to-follow directions to rentals for added convenience. Another good tip is to download your map directions ahead of time so you’re not reliant on data if your reception cuts out.
Have multiple playlists ready to go
Choosing a podcast to listen to is another way to avoid the great music debate. But if all else fails give the kids headphones to listen to music, keeping them entertained and quiet while avoiding the 18% chance of an argument breaking out due to overly talkative passengers.
Pack snacks and plan toilet stops
Stopping for a breather or a bite to eat gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. It’s also the perfect excuse to use the bathroom, minimising the chance of you being in the 18% of families who fight over needing to stop for a bathroom break.
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