QOTD: Road Trip Games?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

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]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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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.

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