The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) has compiled a list of fun car games for family road trips ahead of the South Australian July school holidays beginning this Friday. “MAC takes road safety very seriously and at the same time, bored kids in the car can wind up being a distraction. Help keep the driver’s attention on driving safely by occupying the kids with some fun games,” General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said.
“Fatigue is also an issue when driving throughout regional areas, so it’s important to support our drivers and take a break at least every two hours. Get out of the car with the kids, take a look around our beautiful state and support regional businesses.
“And when you are in the car, we hope that our list of car games for passengers to play can remind families – and inspire other travelling groups – of the fun that can keep our minds active and help us enjoy a safe driving experience.”
Fatigue was a factor in 11 per cent of fatalities, 8 per cent of serious injuries and 4 per cent of casualties in SA from 2008-2012.
MAC’s 5 car games for family road trips:
Licence plate poetry – use the licence plate letters of other vehicles to devise funny sentences. For example, SCG could be “Silly Cats Gallop”.
Quiz lists – think of your favourite interests, like “Marvel characters” or “Sports Stars”. Pick a letter of the alphabet and passengers need to name characters or sports stars beginning with that letter.
Spotto – pick a colour and then say “Spotto” when you see a car that colour. You can’t pick white. The winner is the person with the most spottos at the end of the drive.
Car karaoke – everyone chooses a song for a car sing-along.
The Picnic Game – the first player says “I went to a picnic and I brought …” and ends the sentence with something beginning with A, like apples. The next player repeats the phrase, repeats the A item and then adds one that begins with B. See how far your car can progress through the alphabet.