Games to Play at Pit Stops
When it comes to road trips, much of the fun is had in the process of travelling. It’s exciting to see new sights and experience the liberating feeling of being on the road. One of the best ways to enhance your experience is to take breaks and play games.
Why pit stops are important
Different travellers approach road trips in different ways. Some like to get to the destination as quickly as possible. Others prefer to take their time, stopping to observe the surroundings and enjoy the experience of being on the road. Regardless of what kind of road tripper you are, it’s always important to take breaks, if only to break up the monotony and stretch your legs. Here are a few of the benefits of taking a break from driving.
- Alleviate drowsiness. No matter how much caffeine you have on hand, it’s hard to stay awake and alert for hours on end. The tediousness of the road, especially if you are travelling at night, can lull you into a sleepy or inattentive state. Experts suggest that you should stop every 2 hours to take a break. This will allow you to clear your mind and look at something besides the lines on the road and the backs of other cars.
- Add a change of pace. Depending on where you are driving, road trips can be incredibly boring. Driving through unchanging landscape can be especially tiresome. Taking breaks and engaging in fun activities will keep things exciting and help the time pass.
- Get exercise. Most people find it hard to stay fit on holidays, given that rich food and relaxation can easily lead to weight gain. Stopping for a fun activity is a simple way to get exercise. It may not be an intense workout, but it can still give you some of the other benefits of physical exertion, such as stress release, better sleep, and an overall better attitude.
- Boost morale. As much as you may love travelling with your family or friends, staying cooped up in a small space for hours can lead to arguments. A pit stop game will help you blow off steam.
Games to Play
The number of games you can play is limited only by your imagination. You may not have room in the car to bring along equipment for certain activities, but if you pack carefully, you should be able to bring a few simple odds and ends to help keep everyone entertained. The following are a few simple ideas to help keep things fun.
- Hacky sack.L You should certainly have plenty of room in the car for a hacky sack. You can fit in a quick game while you’re filling up the tank with petrol, and the rules are incredibly easy to learn. Try to set a new record at each stop.
- Frisbee. You only need a few friends and a little space to toss a Frisbee back and forth. Find an open area so you don’t accidentally hit another car or throw the Frisbee into traffic. Simply toss the Frisbee around for a while, or pick a stationary object and see who can throw a frisbee closest to it. You could even pick several items and set up a quick game of disc golf.
- Tag. There’s no better way to stretch the legs than by running around. Find an open area away from the road to avoid potential danger.
- Chalk games. Bring along a few pieces of chalk and a rubber ball for a game of handball. If you don't feel like anything too active, just draw some pictures.
- Jump rope. A skipping rope will take up very little space, and can quickly get the blood pumping during a pit stop. Challenge each other to a skip-off or see who can do the most jumps in a row.
While games provide a release from the road and can make your holiday more enjoyable, it's important to remember the rule that safety comes first. Consider the following tips.
- Stay away from the road. If there is not enough room to play your game away from the road, then you should find a different activity. Accidentally tossing a ball into the road or running around across a busy street creates obvious safety hazards. Find a park or other safe, open area.
- Don't overexert yourself. Don’t make your game so intense that you are exhausted by the time you get back in the car. If you are too fatigued, it could become hard to focus on driving safely. Additionally, you run the risk of injuring yourself. If you are far from a hospital, simply injuries could become a serious problem.
- Don’t be too competitive. The point of pit stop games is to have fun. While adding a competitive element can make your games more exciting, don't take the competition too far. Remember that you will soon be getting back into the car with the people you’re playing with, and if you are angry with each other, it will only make for an unpleasant trip.