Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Counting Down the Miles

Home Safe!

It's always good to be home, isn't it??

Some people love road trips . . . .but for as long as I can remember, I have disliked long car trips . . . . and it's worse when I have to do the driving and can't pass the time by reading or sleeping!

Unfortunately, I get very drowsy when I'm on a long trip -- or a short trip for that matter!  ;)  I think I inherited this trait from my Dad and from his Dad before him.   :(

So, I've had to come up with some strategies to keep myself awake when driving for a several hours.  My most foolproof strategy is this:

When I see an interstate mile marker, I pop an M&M in my mouth.  I slowly suck it until the candy coating melts away, then I chew the soft inside part.  I look for the next mile marker, which shouldn't be too far away, if I've savored the M&M long enough.  When I see the next mile marker, I pop another M&M in my mouth.  This keeps me awake from mile to mile as I cruise down the interstate.

Another helpful strategy is listening to sermons, seminar sessions and audiobooks.  These help to keep me awake and engaged.  On this trip we listened to Ramona and Beezus and Jonathan Park: The Voyage Beyond.


What about you?  Do you get sleepy when you drive?  If so, what strategies do you employ to stay safe on the road??  Leave me a comment and tell me what works for you!

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Rhonda said...

I love road trips. The kids and I drive from Houston to Memphis for a trip every other summer to visit my best friend and her family. I have to do all the driving and find that I also have to have some sort of snacky food to stay awake. Red hots work well. We also listen to audio books. We try to pick longer books because of the length of the trip. Redwall books are awesome. We also play car games - state license plates, ABCs, etc. Rest stops at at state lines are usually very nice and a good place to get out and walk around a bit.

busymomof10 said...

thanks for sharing. We have also played the ABC games and State License plate games. We also do a Scavenger Hunt that is fun for the kids. But these don't always help the Driver stay awake! The hardest time for me is when all of the kids are snoring! :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

I do not recommend the M&M technique! I once devoured an entire large size bag on a 10 hr trip!! That does not help the weight loss program .....

I remember us playing the ABC game, and "spuds" (I think that was one of my favorites!)

We enjoy listening to Bible Story Tapes, The Pineapple Story series (thanks to my wonderful sister!), music and sermons. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have a good selection of audio books, but I will have to keep looking. That is a great idea!

busymomof10 said...

I hear what you are saying about the M&MM technique! It does have its drawbacks, but always works when I am desperate!

I don't personally own any audiobooks, but I gave Tiffany some for Christmas, as she uses them on the trip back and forth to Macon. We borrowed Ramona and Beezus from the library. I don't actually recommend that one. It was a bit annoying! But . . . annoying DOES keep you awake!!! :)

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