No more ‘are we there yet?’
THE back-seat silence that comes with in-car DVD players and handheld games goes against the grain for many who take the family on a road trip. The electronic silencers work well but Carsguide likes the idea of ye olde-fashioned games and songs to help the kays roll by.
1. I Spy The long-time champion road trip
game, ‘‘ I Spy With My Little Eye’’ and variations have filled many hours of a family holiday drive perhaps since Karl Benz took his kids for a ride.
2. Beetle Spotting It is one of the best-selling vehicles of all time so there are plenty of Volkswagen Beetles of all ages still on the road although those of lovable Herbie vintages are becoming less common.
3. 20 Questions Simply think of something and assign it a category such as animal, plant or mineral. Everyone else takes turns asking yes/no questions until someone gets it right or 20 questions have been asked.
4. Car Spotting My favourite as I’mtough to beat. Make and model of oncoming cars – it’s up to the car occupants to stop passengers with binoculars from cheating. Wait until you’re on a country road before you start. 5. Quiet Game Everyone must keep quiet. The first person to speak or make a sound (sneeze, cough or something less fragrant) loses, which— until the kids wise up— works wonders for giving Mum and Dad a little peace.
6. Scavenger Hunt The aim is to come up with a list of items to find on a road trip, preferably things that won’t stink out the car. This is a worthwhile one for trips with a lot of stops, with things like cheesy souvenirs, roadside flowers, hotel shower caps and postcards.
7. Ais for Armadillo The game runs the alphabet with each player bringing a word for each of the 26 letters; the following person has to repeat the previous letters and words then add another. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get as far as Z, unless you’re travelling with a bus full of crossword or Scrabble champions.
8. Road Trip Bingo This version of the retirement home favourite uses scenery (cows, churches and stop signs) on cards – when you see an object out the window that was on your card, mark it.
9. Colour Car
Similar to the car-spotting game. Occupants pick a car colour and score based on how many they see. You could also opt for cars with bullbars, caravans, roof racks or spotlights.
10. Signs and Sights Pick a sign and a sight, allocate a gesture or a code word for each one. The last person to make the gesture or call out the word loses points.