Your Rules For a Family Road Trip

happy-family-in-car-on-vacationWe asked and you delivered! On Facebook recently, we asked the question “What is your number one rule when on a road trip with friends or family?” And here are some of our favorite answers:

Jaine S. advised people to not “put your feet out the car window” in response to the picture we used. Probably a good idea, although on warm summer days when there’s nothing on the road (or when your passenger’s feet really, really stink), there may be exceptions to the rule. (Just kidding! Just like an amusement park ride, you should always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times!)

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The Best Driving Games

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Does this look like your last road trip? Try some of our driving games to keep them busy.

Road trips are great, but sometimes, when the hours are moving by slower than a school zone at 3 p.m., it becomes necessary to pass the time somehow. Fortunately, people have come up with a number of car games to make the trip manageable.

Here are a few of our favorite driving games to pass the time while driving.

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How To Cool Off and Save Gas: Windows Down or Up?

dog-windowAs the weather starts to warm up, people everywhere will start looking for ways to cool off—but one thing is for sure: gas prices haven’t cooled off at all. With the national average still hovering near $4 a gallon, everyone is looking to save a little extra and save money on gas.

So how do you cool off in the spring, summer, and early fall while saving the most money? Do you leave your windows down and air conditioning off? Or do you keep your windows up and your air conditioning on? Both sides of the argument stake their claims, but who is right?

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5 Must-See Texas Roadside Attractions

Did you know Texas is home to the world’s largest jackrabbit? Ever seen a 25-foot fire hydrant? If not, you have not traveled some of the best roads in Texas. If you’re out for a bit of unusual fun on your next road trip, set your GPS to these weird and wacky Texas destinations.

1. Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo — Hungry? Big Texan is home of the World Famous 72-ounce steak dinner. And it’s even free (if you can eat it in an hour!)
You’ll find Big Texan Steak Ranch one mile west of the Lakeside exit off I-40, on the north side of the interstate.

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The Essential Road Trip Apps

Before the age of smart phones, road trips required a lot more preparation. Paper maps took over tabletops and printed directions from sites like Mapquest provided somewhat accurate destinations.

Now, however, most smart phones can provide turn-by-turn navigation and local searches to make the driving experience easier, less stressful, and even more spontaneous. While the stock apps on many smart phones are serviceable, there are a few apps on the App Store and Google Play that can enhance the road trip experience. Check out our suggestions for road trip apps below!

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Dine n’ Drive: The Best Food for Road Trips

best food for road tripsEven if you’re eager to get on the road, it’s important to stock up on the proper supplies before you turn the engine on. After all, nothing quite breaks the thrill of the open road like a growling stomach. Fortunately for people planning a road trip, a variety of snack options are available to keep your biological tank full and your engine running steady. Read more about the best food for road trips!

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A Year of Adventures: Make Your 2013 Great

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Are you ready for a year of adventures?

At Lewisville Volkswagen, we believe in the adventure that comes from a road trip. Road trips bring families and friends together. Road trips reveal the hidden sights and side trips that we otherwise will never see from the window of a plane. In 2013, Lewisville Volkswagen would like to celebrate the Road Trip. Will you join us for a year of adventures?

Let’s start with these new year’s resolutions for your next great road trip.
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The Top 5 Best Games for a Family Road Trip

No matter how well behaved the children are in the car or how compatible you and your spouse may be, family road trips can test the patience of even the most close-knit loving family.  Lewisville Volkswagen, your family Volkswagen dealership, offers five fun games that can keep the whole family occupied on your next family vacation.

Family-Road-TripPunch Buggy

This game for family road trips has been around for years, yet is still a great thing to play while traveling on family vacations.  Although the original game entitles the first person to see a Volkswagen Bug to “punch” another player, a better version is to just have the children announce they’ve seen a “Punch Buggy” each time they spot a VW bug.  The one who spots the most wins the game.  For added fun, award two points for a vintage VW Bug, and one for the newer version of the car.

The Alphabet Game

The Alphabet Game is one that can be played on family road trips, even with young toddlers, and can help them with memory skills and learning the alphabet while having fun.  Start with the letter A and name something that begins with that letter.  The next person names something that starts with a B, including the first word.  Continue through the alphabet, repeating each letter until you end the alphabet.  For example, if the first player says “apple,” the second player could say “apple” “baseball,” and the third player “apple, baseball, cat,” etc.  If a player forgets a word or cannot think of a word that starts with the letter at their appointed turn, they are out.  You can use themes, such as animals, foods, cars, etc. to make the game more difficult if you have older children.

Name That Tune

Another fun game for family road trips, especially for teenaged children, is the Name That Tune Game.  Have family members guess the name of a song on the radio in the shortest amount of time, and the one who guesses the most songs correctly wins.  You could have each family member answer randomly, or you could take turns, requiring a set time limit for the family member to guess.

The Color Game

This game is perfect even for younger children on family road trips.  Choose a color to look for, such as yellow or red.  Have everyone look for something that is the chosen color, and award points based on the size of the object.  For example, if you choose yellow, a school bus may be worth five points, while a car is only worth two and a street sign one.

License Plates

There are many ways to play games with license plates on your next family road trip.  Children can list the license plates from each state they see.  Young children learning the alphabet can find license plates in alphabetical order, for example, the first one has to have an “A,” the second a “B,” etc.  For children learning math, have them add up the numbers to see what they come up with.  You could try having older children come up with a sentence, word or phrase using the letters on the plate.  For example, the letters T, O, and V could become “vote” if you are using words, “Tell old Valerie” for a sentence or phrase.

These family road trip games are a great way to keep the entire family entertained and help keep your sanity on your next family vacation.  Before heading out on your next family road trip, be sure to visit Lewisville Volkswagen for your vehicle needs.   Our dealership has served the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over a decade, selling new and used cars, and offering excellence in customer service before, during and after every sale.  Visit our website to learn more, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube.