Driving either short or long distances can sometimes be boring. Furthermore, it gives one a plethora of things to bellyache about. For instance, being boxed in by heavy traffic, a blazing sun trying to laser you with rays, the brake lights on the vehicle ahead sending out message in Morse code, etc. Citing these excuses as grounds for a miserable time shows just how unimaginative and lazy people can be. There’s a simple solution to traffic tedium and its right in front of you: license plates.
There are more games that emanate from a license plate than come out of a Wii game. Let’s start with the basics: on long trips many people/families take note of the various states they see license plates from. At the conclusion of the trip, this sometimes results in a reward of some sort, like a candy bar, some loose coins or, in the case of abusive parents, one less beating. My wife and I often play this game. We once found a license plate from Guam, which must have resulted in a lot of engine flooding as the person drove over from the South Pacific. Just as an aside, I would doubt that anyone has ever achieved logging all 50 states during a lengthy trip, but it’s still fun to see how many one can amass on the freeway. (Hint to those who are looking for a clever way to cheat: drive up and down the rows of a parking lot at a national attraction like the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, and you can pick up a ton of hard-to-find plates.)