It can get boring sitting in the car on a long road trip. And your passengers, whether they be children, your significant other, or friends, can start to get on your nerves. Instead of fighting over what radio station to listen to or hearing them repeat the same stories over and over, this time can be used to play games. Not only does this keep your mind alert and awake while you are driving, but it can help you to enjoy the company of others on your trip and keep you all from driving each other crazy. Here are a few of the top driving games to play in the car while taking a road trip.
The Car Spotting Game
If you are traveling with one or more adults, the car spotting game can be a fun and exciting game to play. The rules are really simple. You look out your window and try to identify the make and model of cars that are heading your way. The person who can has the correct answer from the farthest away gets a point. You can play this game for a set period of time, such as 30 to 60 minutes, and the person with the most points at the end of the time period wins. Or you can play to a set point amount, such as the first to ten wins. This is a great way to pass the time while testing your car knowledge. Just make sure you the game is not distracting you from driving safely! We do not want you to get a traffic ticket and then take a defensive driving course to assist with the points!
Eye spy is the perfect car game to play with both children and adults. You start out by saying eye spy and then you give clues as to what you see. You may spy something green that is tall. When children look out their window, they may figure out that what you spy is a tree. If you are playing with adults, the clues can be made much more challenging. This is a game that makes you aware of your surroundings by really focusing on what it is that the other person sees. The only downside to this game is that by the time the clue is given, the item that you spy may be long gone. As such, if you are playing with young kids, try to spy items in the car so they have time to figure it out. With adults, this quickness as which the answer must be solved only adds to the challenge of the game.
The Alphabet Game
Another fun game that is perfect for groups of all ages is the alphabet game. As you are driving, you try to find the letters of the alphabet in order. You may see the letters on a roadway sign, license plate or a gas store or fast food restaurant you can see from the side of the road. You start with the letter A. Once that letter is found, you move onto the letter B. There are a couple of different ways this game can be played. Each person can write down their answers as they find them and the first person to find Z wins, but you are on the honor system as far as cheating. Another variation is to call out when you see the letter and then award that person a point. The person who has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Don’t Play Too Competitively
Playing games in the car can be a fun way to pass the time while taking a road trip. However, if you do decide to play games, don’t let your competitive nature distract you from your driving. If you find yourself getting distracted, you may want to opt out of the game and let the other’s play while you enjoy listening to them engage. Or you simply may have to conceed that as the driver, you won’t win, but you can simply play along for fun. This helps ensure everyone has a fun time on the trip while still remaining safe.