thumb car journeysThe car, caravan, boat, trailer are packed and hitched up. Lights, brakes and indicators are checked and everyone is strapped in ready to roll.

Are we there yet? How far do you get before this chorus starts?

ADDers (those with ADHD) can't sit still for long and have little concept of time. They are also great at pushing your buttons. So how do you survive the trip?

  • If you are a parent who has ADHD and is on medication, make sure you have had your meds! One of the greatest benefits I noticed when I went onto ADHD medication a few years ago was the dramatic improvement in my driving. I focus much better and feel much more in control. It will also lessen the temptation for road rage. Even if you are in the passenger seat you will be less inclined to give instructions, and lose your cool with your spouse and the kids.
  • Read this Medication Travel Tips article to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Invest in a GPS - ADDers are hopeless at directions and it will save massive fights between driver and navigator.
  • Don't drink and drive. It is simply not worth losing your licence or even worse being responsible for killing your family or other motorists.
  • Don't speed. KZN for example has now introduced average speed checking so even if you know where the cameras are you can still be caught.
  • Make the journey part of the holiday.
  • Stop every 2 hours, get out and walk around and let the children run off their pent up energy.
  • Teach the children new songs
  • Find shapes in the clouds
  • Make them aware of their surroundings. Teach them about geography, animals etc.
  • Stop and take pictures
  • Make sure they have books to read or games to play.
  • Encourage them to start a travel diary. They will be sure to need it when they get back to school next year.
  • Pack picnic food so you aren't forced to eat fast food which is expensive and often unhealthy. We travel a lot and have found it quite safe these days to stop at roadside picnic spots. If you are worried then stop at the Service stations and have your picnic there. They are usually well equipped with playgrounds and clean ablutions.
  • Have rubbish bags in the car and of course a loo roll for those emergencies.
  • Have cash ready for toll fees and enough money on your petrol card to cover fuel required.
  • Now here is my special tip for all the girls. It is ridiculous that we girls need the loo far more often than our boys and men and yet our plumbing doesn't make it easy. Crouching behind a tree trying to avoid creepy crawlies, long grass and inquisitive stares from passing motorists is not dignified and downright scary. Here is a simple and somewhat elegant solution. Open the front and back doors of the car that are facing away from the road, sit on the door sill (where the bottom of the door meets the bottom of the car) and voila! you can sit and admire the view and relieve yourself with getting your trousers and shoes wet or being bitten.

Happy travels.

Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®