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What’s Your Favorite Thing to Do While Roadtripping?

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A new survey shows what we like to do when we’re behind the wheel, so I checked it out. Turns out I’m completely normal! 

I love driving. Any time my husband and I have a chance to get in the car and head off for the horizon in search of adventure, we do it. Even if we’re just heading to the North Shore for a few days, I get excited. There’s just something about that freedom of the open road that makes me giddy.

A new study by DMEAutomotive shows that while many of us enjoy road trips, it’s what we do behind the wheel that makes the trip what it is.

No shock here – Putting on makeup is one of the top ten things we do while we’re in the car. Many times, when we’re going somewhere, I put my makeup on while we drive. I could probably make the trip between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities with my eyes closed. I know every bend, bump and curve in the road, even with a mascara wand dangerously close to my eyeball.

Watching TV and movies is another popular travel time activity. “Are we there yet?” “He’s touching me!” “She’s looking at me funny!” “He’s throwing Cheerios!” “I have to pee!” UG! I used to be a nanny during the summer time and before in car entertainment systems like DVD and BLU Ray Players, keeping kids happy and separated was another job in and of itself. Now with the advent of such things, kids are quiet and happy! (By the way, Frozen just came out on DVD in time for spring break plane rides and summer vacation!)

I love to take pictures. I have a camera on my phone, and I have a digital camera that I bring with on trips and I’m not alone here, either! Taking photos is another popular road trip activity with 13 percent of us snapping away as the miles tick by.

When you’re trying to get where you’re going, stopping to eat can be a real pain and so many of us with our on the go lifestyles are almost forced to eat in the car. KFC now has the “Go Cup” with chicken fingers and fries in a cup that fits in the cup holder in the car. Burger King also has a more rounded fry box so we can eat and run. One “rule” we have for our trips is that we can’t eat anywhere we can eat at home when we’re on vacation. That’s why I downloaded the TV Food Map app. It uses the GPS on your phone to locate nearby restaurants that have been featured on cooking shows. We’ve discovered (and in some cases, rediscovered) some pretty cool places to grab some chow and on the cheap.

These are all great, but the number one thing we do when we’re on the road? Sing out loud. And why not? No one’s around to hear you! I remember heading down to Newton, Iowa on more than one occasion for the USAR Pro Cup race on a perfect late summer day. Wearing my favorite blue jeans, my softest t-shirt and my favorite flip flops. I had the windows down, the music up and not a care in the world, so it really came as no surprise that singing along to the radio is our favorite behind the wheel activity.

What’s Your Favorite Road Trip Activity?

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