Use These Tips to Pass the Time On Long Road Trips

May 6th, 2016 by

Road Trips

How to Make Long Car Rides Go By Faster

We are quickly approaching road trip season, meaning many drivers will be hitting the road for their vacation destinations or weekend adventures. Road trips can be exciting, but they can also be long, leaving you and your passengers trying to figure out how to make the long car ride go by faster.

To help you out, we’ve put together a few particularly useful tips that can help you avoid the monotony of watching highway signs. The usefulness of these tips may depend on your personal interests, so pick out something that you and your passengers will find enjoyable.

Tips for Surviving Long Car Rides

  1. Road TripsConversation topics: Listening to music can get old, so before you hit the road, come up with a list of conversation topics to discuss. An interesting conversation can really make time fly.
  2. In-car karaoke: If you love music, consider mixing things up a little. Put some karaoke playlists on your smartphone, safely connect it to your infotainment/Bluetooth system and take turns singing to your favorite tunes.
  3. Listen to podcasts: Music is great, but it doesn’t help pass the time like a good podcast. If you don’t typically listen to podcasts, track down a few popular or interesting ones and have them loaded onto your phone. Audiobooks might also work.
  4. Set milestones: Rather than thinking about how much more time is left in the entire trip, set navigation milestones, focusing on how much time is left before reaching a certain city, state or landmark. Dividing your time like this can help the drive seem to go by faster.
  5. Eat the right foods: This might be the only tip that can literally shave time off your drive. Stocking up on the right foods can keep you from having to make frequent stops. For example, avoid salty or dry snacks that may cause you to stop frequently for drinks. Instead, consider things like fruit or certain vegetables that have water in them to help quench your thirst without forcing you to go to the bathroom too often.

Of course, if you’re a passenger, you have the option of bringing along some books to read or surfing the internet on your phone. If you take this route, be sure to bring along a sufficiently charged portable charger. Lastly, if nothing else seems to work, you can always try to sleep the time away.

Wherever your road trip adventures take you, they should now be a little more enjoyable now that you know how to make long car rides go by faster. Also, don’t forget to make sure your vehicle is in optimal condition before hitting the road, which you can do by scheduling an appointment for service here at Mazda of Manchester.

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