Let’s face it: the best aspect of a road trip is not necessarily the journey. Riding in cars and sitting still for hours on end can be unbelievably nerve-wracking.
- The Alphabet Game
The rules of the game are simple. Those playing find words on vehicles (license plates don’t count) or signs beginning with the next letter in the alphabet. You’re allowed one rescue (for all those catchy letters like Q, K, V, and Z!) , but you have to say the name of your rescue when that letter comes up before someone else finds that letter. Susan then places the term High Quality and asserts the Q. When Q comes up, she only says the term Quality to receive a point. The game doesn’t have to stop at Z! You will be so addicted that you’ll want to play until you reach your destination.
- The Yellow Game
This can be performed with any color vehicle – yellow is just not as common. For every yellowish vehicle seen, the spotter has to pinch someone. Construction vehicles, school buses, moving vehicles, and portable toilets are discretionary pinches.
Just print out a map, or if you’re not geographically inclined, a list of all the states in alphabetical order. You’ll also need to bring along a different colored pen, highlighter, or mark for each person in the vehicle. Start scanning cars for their state-issued license plates! For each different state found, that person gets a point (indicated by marking off that condition with that person’s specific color). The game ends when all states are located or when the destination is reached!
- License Plate Phrases
No, this is not looking for the plates that have SXYMOM1 written on them. Rather, take the random letters assigned to license plates and attempt to come up with a phrase that makes sense! DYO, for example, can become Do You Ooze? Provided that it makes sense, why not!
- Count the Cones
Sure, construction on the street is sufficient to fry anyone’s nerves. Rapidly passing cone after cone is guaranteed to lead to some confusion, so it is ideal for the driver to prevent this specific game.
Next time you’re on a road trip, rather than just mindlessly glancing passed the cars that pass on the road, why not make a game from them? You’d be surprised by just how much people drive and how many yellow vehicles there are once you begin looking!