Let’s face it: the best part of a road trip isn’t necessarily the journey. Riding in cars and sitting still for hours on end can be incredibly nerve-wracking. A little competition never hurt and it certainly alleviates the boredom!
1. The Alphabet Game
The rules of this game are simple. Those playing find words on vehicles (license plates don’t count) or signs starting with the next letter in the alphabet. You’re allowed one save (for those tricky letters like Q, K, V, and Z!), but you must say the name of your save when that letter comes up before someone else finds that letter. Example: Bob finds Apple, so he gets a point. Susan finds Breakfast, so she gets a point. Susan then spots the phrase High Quality and claims the Q. When Q comes up, she simply says the word Quality to receive a point. The game doesn’t have to stop at Z! You’ll be so addicted that you’ll want to play until you reach your destination.
2. The Yellow Game
This can be played with any color vehicle – yellow is just not as common. For every yellow vehicle spotted, the spotter gets to pinch someone. Construction vehicles, school buses, moving vehicles, and portable toilets are optional pinches.
3. The United States Map
Simply print out a map, or if you are 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 marker 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 state with that person’s specific color). The game ends when all states are found or when the destination is reached!
4. License Plate Phrases
No, this isn’t looking for the plates that have SXYMOM1 written on them. Instead, take the random letters assigned to license plates and try to come up with a phrase that makes sense! DYO, for example, can turn into Do You Ooze? As long as it makes sense, why not!
5. Count the Cones
Sure, construction on the road is enough to fry anyone’s nerves. Why not make it fun and see how many cones those road crews put out? Rapidly passing cone after cone is sure to lead to some confusion, so it’s best for the driver to avoid this particular game. All the passengers will have fun trying to figure out who had the most accurate count!
Next time you’re on a road trip, instead of just mindlessly glancing passed the cars that pass on the road, why not make a game out of them? You’d be surprised at just how far people drive and how many yellow vehicles there are once you start looking!