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In a recent survey studying what people like to do on long journeys, survey commissioners car hire company Vroom Vroom Vroom, were surprised to see how many traditional children’s car games were being played by adults. Whilst i-spy was by far the most popular, with several bank holidays looming we’ve put together some ideas for games to make the trip feel shorter – regardless of how old you are…

Car Snooker

This just like snooker but played with cars! The game starts when a red car is spotted (or “potted”) which gives you a score of one. This is then followed by a car of one of the following colours: yellow (two points), green (three points), brown (four points), blue (five points), pink (six points) or black (seven points). You then have to spot another red car and repeat the process. This happens until you have spotted 15 red and coloured cars. To complete the game you then have to pot coloured cars in ascending order, finishing with a black car. The winner can either be the person with the most points or who finishes first. Adults may want to play individually but families with young children may want to make the game a group effort!

Just You

Given people’s differing musical tastes, one way to make a sing along more enjoyable is to play ‘Just You’. People take it in turn to choose their favourite song and sing along to it until another person in the car turns the volume down. The player then has to keep singing until the sound is turned back up and marks out of 10 are given for how well the player has kept in time.

Words of One Song to the Tune of Another

Fans of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ will be very familiar with this game – and if you aren’t, the title tells you most of what you need to know. A player is told to sing the words of one song but to the tune of another – for example, put the words of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ to the tune of ‘Old MacDonald’. Points are given by other passengers for successful completion and artist interpretation!

The Number Plate Game

This is where you have to count from 0 – 999 by spotting the exact number you need on other car licence plates. For example if you need the number ‘2’ and you see a plate with ‘12’ – then you can’t use that. It has to be a ‘2’ on its own. This game can run over consecutive trips and the first to 999 wins

Yellow Mini

Again, this is another game where the clue is in the title and the basic version requires players to spot yellow minis and the one who spots the most wins. Only one player in the car can claim to have spotted an individual car and does this by calling out ‘yellow mini’. The driver usually dictates the volume the claim can be made at! However, for those looking for more of a challenge (or to improve their children’s maths) can play a version where any yellow car counts for one point, any mini counts for two points and a yellow mini doubles your current score.

Happy motor driving


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