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We just (yesterday!) came back from a 10 hour drive from Ontario, canada to MA, USA. It was myself, my husband, and our 1 year old. To go to Boston, we took everyone's suggestions and drove through the night. It may work for others, but it did NOT work for us. It was awful. We started at about 8 PM, and she fell asleep around 9 PM. All fine and dandy. ...


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I DO NOT recommend night driving--especially if your drive is in excess of ten hours. There are several reasons for this: If your initial drive-time is 10 hours, you should probably add another 2-4 hours of drive time with kids. So now your drive is between 12 and 14 hours. Even if you drive overnight, you are going to have to stop for fueling, food, ...


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The bad news is your baby is going to make you stop whether you want to or not. The good news is that makes it so you don't really have to guess how long is too long. You know how long you go between diaper changes and feedings now. Plan to stop at those intervals at the very least, then double it to get a probable worst case. As for how long you ...


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I know it is common that we think we can teach our kids to drive better than some school. I know I feel that way myself. However, studies show that kids who learn from someone other than their parents tend to do better on driving exams. Of course, this could simply be a manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger. The state where I live has Driver's Ed available ...


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Maximize baby's sleeping time during the drive. Drive through the night if possible arriving in the morning. Keep him entertained, bring new toys. Have one adult seat in the back with the child. Stop in the parks or playgrounds, not rest areas, where he can run and spend some energy. GPS usually is good with helping you find these places on the way. In ...


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I was not aware of countries that allow driving lessons exclusively by the parents. I do know that both Sweden ("övningskörning") and Austria ("L17") allow the parents or legal guardians to provide training in theory and practise from age 17 (in Europe, 18 years is the minimum age for driving). But these trainings are only preparatory; there must still be ...


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BOTH! Driving is difficult, particularly when one is just learning, and is exceptionally dangerous. The likelihood of your being better able to teach it than someone who does so for a living is virtually zero. Even if not required by your jurisdiction, get professional training that includes supervised time behind the wheel. Take the time and find a good ...


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My husband and I visit his family in Wisconsin at least once or twice or year. Until this year, we lived in Tennessee and this was a 12+ hour drive which we dutifully did with our son/son and daughter until this year when we realized that driving from Georgia would add another 4 hours to the drive. So now we fly. During that time, we ALWAYS stopped to ...


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While it might be useful on a long road trip to be able to do this, it is certainly easier to do this when at a rest stop - one of mine really needed to be burped after a bottle, and this worked best in the traditional 'over the shoulder' position, so we couldn't have done that safely when driving. It also gives both the driver and partner time to work ...


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I recommend fewer, longer stops instead of short, frequent stops. I have routinely driven 6 hours each way with my son to visit family. I've learned that he does better, and we can usually make it with 1 stop or 2 if we stop and eat and play for a while. Usually the stop takes about an hour, but then we have an easier time in the car for a longer time ...


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In the UK there is no requirement for a professional to teach your child, however they must sit the test with a professional. I started learning to drive very young, so by the time I was 17 and allowed to drive on the road I had a few lessons with my dad and a couple from a professional to confirm that I was learning the right things. I think as long as you ...


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Night drive The first idea that comes to my mind is driving at night. Our son often falls asleep in the car, most likely because of the movements and the white noise. I have a 14-hour drive to my family, from Austria to Denmark, and this is how I would do it. Prepare and pack the car during the day or early evening. Make sure you're well rested on this ...



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