On the Road: Ways to Stay Entertained While on a Long Drive

Long drives can certainly be fun. Driving through the highway, with the window down and the wind in your hair can certainly feel like heaven to some.

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However, for others, long drives are torture. Driving on for hours with nothing to do is certainly not all that stimulating, especially if you are in the passenger seat. So, in this article, we would like to go over a few ways that you can keep yourself entertained in the backseat of a car, during a long drive.

Books/E-Books

The time-honored tradition of reading while on a commute is certainly one way to stay entertained. Whether you are driving in the passenger seat or the backseat, you can bust open a good book, tune out the noises of the road, and immerse yourself into the world of the story. Or perhaps you prefer non-fiction or self-help books? Either way, the long drive to and from somewhere is the perfect place to do it.

But what if you don’t want to carry a book on you? Well, have no fear. The 21st century provides. E-books are all the craze now. You can read them on a Kindle or a Tablet. And if you don’t have one of those, then a phone is the next best thing. So, the next time you are scheduled to have a long drive, download some of the finest books you can, and have fun reading.

Mobile Games

The smartphone is truly a godsend for bored passengers. We basically carry around a miniature computer everywhere we go. We can use the device to listen to music, read books, browse the web, and even play video games. Mobile games are certainly all the rage these days. From puzzles, to tower defense, to complex Role-Playing Games, you can find it all at the Google Playstore.

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Just remember to keep a fully-charged phone if mobile games are the route you are going for. After all, most of these games do cause a major strain on the battery. Of course, all of that can be fixed with a power bank, or a car charger.

Pit Stops: The Driver Needs Their Rest Too

Often time, those of us in the passenger seat don’t think about how tough it is to actually drive. It seems easy from the outside looking in. However, once you get behind the wheel of a car, you will see that it isn’t all that is cracked up to be. The driver certainly needs their rest too.

Which is why we recommend taking, at least a couple of pit stops along the way. Find a nice place to park the car and take a little break. Not only is this good for the driver, but also good for the passengers. Breathe in some fresh air, have a little snack, and discuss the finer points of money management for the trip you are on. There is a lot of benefit to taking frequent and well-earned pit stops.

Music

Now, a little something for everyone in the car. The driver obviously can’t do much to keep entertained. Their focus is fully devoted to driving along the road. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be entertained. And what is a better way for drivers to stay focused, then to play some of their favorite music…Or maybe, some of yours.

Cars and music go hand in hand. There is a reason why the car radio exists after all. More to that point, there is also a reason why there are so many songs specifically devoted to driving on the open road, wind in your hair, and above you only a clear, blue sky.

A creative way that you can contribute to a trip is by making a “driving playlist.” Include some of the best and most beloved songs from various genres that are devoted to driving. Standouts here include some of the following:

  • Highway to Hell by AC/DC
  • I Get Around by the Beach Boys
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry
  • Drive my Car by the Beatles

However, there are plenty of other options to choose from. And heck, the songs don’t even need to be about driving. They can really just be songs that both you and the driver will enjoy, put neatly together in a playlist.

Comic Books/Graphic Novels

We brought up reading before, and while it is certainly an option, some people would prefer not to stay so focused on something while in a car. However, they are still looking for entertainment. And in this case, a great substitute for reading a book, would be reading a comic book, graphic novel, manga, or bande dessinee.

There is no denying that the comic book movie boom has boosted people’s interest in superheroes and villains. But, during this boom, a lot of people forget about the original comic book writers and artists, who are, at least in part, responsible for these exciting and epic stories that we all love. So, why not crack open a comic book while on the trip?

Certainly, a comic strip is not as difficult to read as a book. You will not require too much focus. Just enough to distract you from the long and boring drive. And, just like with books, if you don’t want to carry around a physical copy, there are plenty of digital alternatives you can use. So, why wait for the next Spider-Man movie, when you have 40-years-worth of Spider-Man content to explore?

Final Thoughts

Driving around can certainly be fun for some. For others, however, it is a nightmare. We hope that this article has given you some ideas about what you can do to keep yourself entertained when you are driving along the long road.