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Sure, why not? It makes the trip more enjoyable for you and the poor kid who has to pee. If possible plan ahead a bit and ensure that you keep some extra clothes in the car for the kid to change into when you get to a place where he can do so. That way, you can assure him that it's not only "OK" to wet his pants, but that he will have dry clothes to change into when it becomes possible to do so.

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If a kid has to go and wants to wet his pants, he should do it.

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yes they can't help it they got out of training pants a few years ago, so just let them wet their pants.

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any how i'm 17 and still wet my pants on car rides too, so it ain't noting to be embaresed about

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Holding it is very bad for the bladder and causes acute discomfort. Leave the decision to them, but try to put something down on the seats beforehand ! Alternatively, plan ahead and ask if they want to wear a pul-up / diaper for the journey, and then they can pee to their hearts content !! Wish that had been an option for me at that age !!!

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but they do have a limit they cant pee to their hearts content, almost, but no

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Sure. why not.? Get kids pull up diapers. Many many and many people like them.

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there should be no necessity to ask for ...

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:(

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would put them in pull up if history and let it be

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think pulls are better sorry

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I say yes. I wish I had this option when I was a kid. We traveled all the time. I loved the trips, but, the car ride was torture. My parents didn't want to stop that much. And they would get mad if I had an accident. My daughter is turning 10 this week and will be going on her first long trip with us. I've already given her the option of sitting on a towel and plastic bag, with spare clothes on the side. Or, she could wear protection along the way. She wrinkled her nose at me when I told her. But, I think she will understand once we are under way.

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Sure, my wife and I don't have any problems with our kids doing that at all. long car journeys are stressful enough for kids anyway without the added stress of worrying about needing to go to the toilet. We have a son aged seven and a daughter who's nearly ten and both of them quite happily do it.
Our car has a fitted plastic seat cover on the back seat anyway, so before the journey starts all we need to do is cover it with a couple of thick bath towels and the car's all ready!
The best way is to keep the kids clothing simple; regular underwear and usually just t-shirts and dark coloured "short shorts" as they're comfortable travelling clothes for long journeys in any case. The beauty of that kind of outfit is that the kids feel "normal" Wearing diapers under their clothes would I think make them feel uneasy. We've never talked about the idea of diapers to them as they seem quite happy with the way things are.
Once on the road they both know that they're free to "go to the bathroom" as the American's say, whenever they need to.
Another big advantage of this system is that they can drink as much as they need to in hot weather to help keep them cool and hydrated; any surplus fluid simply ending up in the towels!

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yes but they'd be better off in nappies

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The boys should be allowed to act on their discretion, especially if a plastic sheet or similar item is on hand to keep the car seats dry while the pants are wet.

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Children at that age level should be mature enough to determine if they should wet their pants during long car rides, and at any other situation as such may be deemed suitable.

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Of course it's ok. My sister and I were allowed to go in our pants as kids if there was no bathroom nearby. Some parents make too much of a big deal about these things. If a kid needs to pee, let them pee. So what if their pants get wet?

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If everyone concerned is happy about it then why not. I might consider the use of pull up's and would protect the car seats.

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Allow would mean they wouldn't get in trouble or punished because they lost control of their bladders or the pain was so bad they asked if they could just let go.<br />
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I wouldn't chastise a person of any age that was caught in a situation like that. That is very embarrassing to most people past age eight or so to get caught in traffic when a very urgent need and there is no way to get to the a restroom. <br />
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There is no need to make the situation become a very traumatic and/or humiliating experience. Treat the person like you would want to be treated. Give some respect and don't belittle the person who has had a genuine accident.<br />
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At the same time, it is cruel for the person who can hold it the longest (which often is the driver) to refuse to stop when restrooms become available. <br />
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The comment such as, "You should have gone to the restroom when we last stopped. We are not going to stop again until those that went to the restroom when we last stopped need to go again. You will have to hold it or **** your pants." That borders on abusive behavior by the person in charge.

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Well, if you have a towel or a plastic bag or something so you don't ruin the car seat, I would argue that letting them wet their pants is better than making them suffer. Or perhaps you could let them wear diapers.

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