Staying sane on the school run
Five tips for keeping the kids occupied on the road, including a 99c car competition you don’t want to miss
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The school holidays are over, and you’re back to racing the kids to their classrooms. But that early morning rush out of the house can wear even the Hulk down, so we’ve put together ideas on how you can stay sane on the way to school. 

1. Kit out your car

An easy to reach activity centre in the car could help keep the kids occupied while you navigate the morning traffic. Pop a shoe caddy over your car seat and fill it with a few of their favourite toys. Place colouring books, crayons, sticker albums, crossword books or even wooden puzzles in to the caddy. Be sure to rotate items on a regular basis to keep things fresh and interesting. 

2. Play a clue game to guess a mystery car and win! 

Get the kids involved in AutoTrader’s 99c new car competition. Yes, you’ve read correctly. Guess what the mystery car’s make and model is by solving clues and you could buy a brand new car for just 99c. AutoTrader will reveal these clues daily on their Twitter profile @AutoTraderSA. As each clue is revealed over 28 days, an advert on the AutoTrader website will be updated with the car specs to reveal the mystery car’s identity. Ask your kids to keep their eyes on the road for cars that match the specifications. At the end of the 28 days, simply visit the advert and hit the ‘buy now’ button and guess the correct car to enter the draw. Finalists will participate in a live challenge on the Expresso breakfast show – so you could be famous too! Clues on Twitter @AutoTraderSA from 20 July 2015

3. The silent game

Some call it bribery, and others call it a lifesaver – drum-roll ‘the silent game’. Playing this game on the way to school could score you a few quiet minutes. Offer up a prize like an ice cream date after school, and the child who stays silent the longest wins! 

4. Sing it loud, sing it proud

A good song, sung at the top of your lungs can help the time go by faster. We’ve all heard “Let It Go” more times than it’s probably good for us, but don’t let that deter you from singing it again. Pop in a CD of your children’s favourite movie tunes and belt out the best numbers together. 

5. Turn school trips into story time

Pick a word or phrase for each day, and let the kids make up fantastic stories that start with a simple term. It’s not only a great way to pass the time, but it’s also really good for sharpening up those imagination skills.

After you’ve dropped the kids off and made it back to your desk, log on to the Auto Trader website, follow them on Twitter @AutoTraderSA to keep up with the 99c new car clues. You could also use their handy online comparison tool to help the process along.

Good luck!

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