SAN JOSE, Calif. Backseat boredom among children could be a new driver for the worldwide electronics industry. Computer games, I-Spy and MP3 players are among the best products to prevent children from getting bored in the back seat of a car, according to a new report.
In fact, backseat boredom among young children is projected to cost to parents some $102.3 million in the United Kingdom for the first six months of 2006, according to new research from the eBayMotors.co.uk Web site.
Bored kids start acting up just 12 minutes into a car journey, according to the research. With families planning to spend a total of seven hours on the roads together this half-term, experts are warning against being distracted by attention-seeking offspring as one in five drivers admit taking their eyes off the road because of misbehaving youngsters, according to the report.
As a result, each U.K. family will spend $33.15 in keeping kids entertained on journeys enough gas to take a family car from London to Alton Towers, the research indicated.
Food, drink and bribes top the list of tactics parents use to keep the peace. According to the survey, the best games for keeping children entertained are: 1. I-Spy; 2. MP3/iPod/music systems; 3. computer game and consoles; 4. car-eoke; 5. built-in car DVD systems; 6. car bingo; 7. the number plate game/TLA (three letter acronyms); 8. I went to the market; 9. consequences; and 10. connections/word association.
To help harassed parents keep their eyes on the road and their kids occupied beyond the 12-minute danger point, eBay Motors has created an online guide to the nation's most popular car games which parents can download for free.