QOTD: Road Trip Games?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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This past May long weekend was the unofficial start of summer for a good many gearheads. With cold temperatures and misery falling from the sky (mostly) behind us, it’s time for car shows, warm breezes, and — of course — road trips.

Kids and families have no shortage of attention diverting options these days, what with various tablets and devices approaching commodity-grade prices. But come on — surely someone out there still plays traditional road trip games, right? Right? Hello?

Where’d everyone go?

Of course your author and his family brings electronic devices with them on a road trip — we’re not Luddites. But we do also choose to toss them in the console for a while and pass the time with games I’m sure younger passengers find annoying but play out of some sense of obligation. Someday they’ll thank me for it. I think.

Road trip bingo is popular with our brood. It matters not if the card is full of car types or road signs or license plates or hobos. Thanks to a misspent youth at Bingo Country on Ricketts Road in St. John’s, it’s not just a straight line that can get you a winner in our car. No sir. There are extra prizes for a postage stamp or small picture frame. Full card? That’ll get you whatever you want off the dollar menu at our next stop.

It would appear Murilee created this bingo card in 2012. Good luck!

So how about it? Surely all hands here have some form of road trip entertainment to supplement the many smart devices. I Spy? License Plate Game? Let us know in the comments.

[Image: Subaru]

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Jun 10, 2019

    My brothers and I were fairly juvenile in that we would try to come up with perverted initialisms based on license plate numbers. Also, we would count Wall Drug signs. Otherwise, if we were feeling especially anti-social my mom always told us to bring a book.

  • Watersketch Watersketch on Jun 10, 2019

    Switch on the AM radio when in the sticks and play God vs. Country. You pick either God or Country and see how many of each station you pick up using scan on the AM dial.

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    • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on Jun 11, 2019

      @Lie2me Oh man. I remember "99 Bottles of Beer" from St. Anne's Belfield Elementary School field trips. Even then I found the hygiene challenges presented troubling.

  • Lou_BC "They are the worst kind of partisan - the kind that loves their team more than they want to know the truth."Ummm...yeah....Kinda like birtherism, 2020 election stolen, vast voter fraud, he can have top secret documents at Mar-lago, he's a savvy business man, and hundreds more.
  • FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. https://insideevs.com/news/598046/toyota-global-leader-solid-state-batery-patents/Of course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
  • Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
  • Mobes Kind of a weird thing that probably only bothers me, but when you see someone driving a car with ball joints clearly about to fail. I really don't want to be around a car with massive negative camber that's not intentional.
  • Jeff S How reliable are Audi? Seems the Mazda, CRV, and Rav4 in the higher trim would not only be a better value but would be more reliable in the long term. Interior wise and the overall package the Mazda would be the best choice.
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