(KAIT/NBC) - Plenty of people will hit the roads to kick off the summer travel season, but it's a challenge for many families to keep the peace in their cars.
Memorial Day Weekend is a hugely popular time to hit the highway.
AAA reports that motorist volume is up for the fourth year in a row, and with little ones in tow, longer trips will require some planning.
Chicago Parent magazine's Matt Boresi says screens are a nice back-up plan, with pre-loaded shows and movies.
He prefers fun stops for snacks or stretching.
"Most parents want to power through -- we're gonna get there, we're gonna drive through the night and we're gonna get there -- much easier for an adult to do than for a child to do," Boresi said.
Car games like I Spy, slug bug, license plate spotting or road trip bingo are a great way to put the brakes on boredom.
You can also bring along simple crafts like Play-Doh or washable markers and coloring books.
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