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How to Stay Friends During and After a Road Trip

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Road Trip Etiquette II


The open road.

Your best friends in the whole world.

What could possibly go wrong when the two are combined?

No one actually knows for sure because predicting the future is not an exact science. However, road trips, well, just driving in general, have been known to bring out the worst in people, yourself and your best friends included. So, how can BFFs stay sane, enjoy the experience, and protect their relationships while on a road trip adventure? Well, by reading these tips, of course!

The Emily Post Institute advises that before you even think about hitting the open road with friends, be sure you are all on the same page when it comes to how and what you want to do on this excursion; how much money you are willing to spend; and when you want to do it all. Night owls and early birds don’t travel well together.

Once you all agree on the itinerary and budget and your body clocks are in sync, it’s time to go!

According to the experts at Road and Track, all musical choices belong to the driver and the driver is free to relinquish and take back this control at any time. If you yelled, “Shotgun,” first, you not only reduce your risk of getting car sick, but you’ve increased your awake-time. You now are responsible for supporting the driver as the navigator, and there is no sleeping while navigating. Aw, the passengers in the backseat do look peaceful, don’t they?

One of the best things about road trips is getting to eat junk. The Road and Track experts suggest those snacks be neither smelly nor messy, and for goodness sake, use a napkin. Also, they advise that at the first sign of fatigue, even the most obstinate drivers should hand over the wheel.

It’s always good advice, too, to keep in mind the Golden Rule (treat others as you’d like to be treated), especially on a road trip. Just remember: even when your friends don’t look like themselves due to an extended traffic jam, a missed exit, and the effects of some questionable gas station cuisine, you still have the return trip to endure. Happy trails.

News Sources: Emily Post, Road and Track