Car insurance: I-Spy 'not enough' for travelling kids

Tuesday, 03 October 2006

An average nine out of ten parents spend up to £500 making their cars child-friendly claims a new report.

Baby seats, sun screens and car toys are the most popular gadgets for transforming the car into a family vehicle. However, nearly a third of parents surveyed have splashed out of gizmos such as hand-held games and headrest DVD players, turning cars into veritable chauffeur-driven luxury creche.

Roy Seeds, head of motor underwriting from the firm commissioning this research, said: "Although it may seem a staggering amount for parents to be spending on kitting out the family car, it is essential that a vehicle is child-safe. It is wise to invest in items that occupy the kids, particularly on long journeys, as bored little ones could result in a potential distraction for Mum or Dad at the wheel."

For 57 per cent of parents an entertained child is a happy child, according to the study. On the other hand, a happy driver is a fully-covered driver and it's easy to get a quick car insurance quote online.

If you want to amuse your kids without expensive gadgets then perhaps a game of I-Spy will suffice. Other in-car entertainment suggestions include travel-size Scrabble, noughts and crosses and the traditionalists' favourite, hangman.

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