Having driven some 760 miles in the last two days, I’ve had plenty of time to observe the charming games cars play with each other – or on their own – while driving long-distance on the interstate.
- Monopoly – hanging out in the left lane when you have no intention (or ability) to pass anyone
- Pacman – driving down the middle of the freeway, either because you’re taking your sweet time changing lanes or because you’re spacing out
- Slip & Slide – dangerously riding either edge of your lane, but rarely ever the middle where you belong
- Hangman – sitting to the left and just behind a car in the right lane so they can’t pass the slow car in front of them and instead have to slam on their brakes while you leisurely pass by
- Peekaboo – when a huge truck in the right lane suddenly moves to reveal a smaller, slower car they are tailgating
- Leapfrog – otherwise known as “I Pass You, You Pass Me”
- Name That Tune – driving close enough to see what’s playing on the DVD player in the car in front of you
- Simon Says – finding a car that is going a consistent speed and then forming a sort of buddy system with them, changing lanes when they change, etc
- Guess Who? – stopping at the same rest stop/gas station as someone you’ve been driving nearby all day
- Monkey in the Middle – slipping into that space in between two cars that is really meant to be a safety zone
I must confess, I’ve played a game or two listed here while on this road trip. How about you – have you ever seen or participated in any of these interstate games?