ÖAMTC: Tips for a safe ski holiday arrival

ÖAMTC (Photo: Robert Spohr).
ÖAMTC (Photo: Robert Spohr).

ÖAMTC: Tips for a safe ski holiday arrival

ÖAMTC (Photo: Robert Spohr).
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The school children in Vienna and Lower Austria will soon have made it: The first half of the year will be over in a few days and, in contrast to last year, this year many people will say: "Off to winter vacation".

“However, the journey to the semester break often begins with stress and with traffic jams on the exit roads and motorways,” says ÖAMTC traffic psychologist Marion Seidenberger. "For families who start their car journey in an organized manner, are prepared for delays and do not put themselves under pressure to reach the holiday resort in record time, even a longer journey cannot spoil the mood."

Especially uncontrollable factors such as traffic jams, bad weather or the lack of control of other road users can cause a lot of stress behind the wheel. “First and foremost, it is important not to be disturbed by others. Scolding and getting angry can suddenly worsen the mood on board and encourage driving errors," says Seidenberger. Regular breaks with exercise, sufficient time buffers and a pleasant room climate in the vehicle ensure the feel-good factor.

In any case, the most important factors for a relaxed holiday trip are the parents' composure, attentiveness and good mood. "If there is an argument in the front seats, it goes straight to the children and can lead to unnecessary additional conflicts," says the ÖAMTC expert. "A calm, concentrated driving style and healthy car snacks make a significant contribution to the safety and comfort of the small and large passengers in the back seat." Children also want to be entertained. "The palette is diverse and ranges from singing together to car games to reading stories," says the ÖAMTC traffic psychologist. Children should never be left unnoticed, otherwise they will quickly become bored and start whining. "It's better to take one more break and get some exercise in the fresh air for a good mood on the onward journey," advises Seidenberger.

Just in case, you should also think about a “congestion reserve” on a holiday trip. "With food, reading, puzzle or game material, favorite music and blankets, you are well equipped for waiting situations and at least ensure a neutral mood when nothing goes on on the street," concludes the ÖAMTC expert.

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