How to spice up that road trip with family and friends

Nigerians love to travel home for the holidays. Family and friends are what is valued most. Whether you are driving to Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Jos, Port Harcourt, Kano  or Benin City, in-car bickering is not what you should be hearing when you are on the road – it only spoils your trip, and wreaks havoc on relationships. Whether stuck in traffic or riding for hours, Easter travels can potentially turn group fun into a feud.

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To help ease the stress this Easter, Ford Motor Company is offering some good travelling advice for a fun and safe driving experience. Some simple car courtesies can make travel more enjoyable for both the driver and the passengers. From polite passenger etiquette to considerate use of new vehicle technologies, these easy tips will have families or friends road-tripping happily this season.

Give passengers the grand tour. Your passengers may not be all that familiar with your ride. Put them at ease. Just like you would show a guest at your home where the bathroom is, let passengers know about the controls they have for entertainment systems, seats and windows. Identify power sources for phones and electronics, like the smart-charging USB ports in the rear of the vehicle. Make sure all of your passengers have what they need before your trip begins.

Contentment beats boredom. When stuck in heavy holiday traffic, a little preparation can go a long way. Before hopping behind the wheel, curate your upcoming road trip with sing-alongs, podcasts and audiobooks you can even upload some online classes. Build a playlist. With in-car entertainment and communication systems like Ford SYNC® it’s easier than ever to bring a world of content along for the ride.

If the driver is host, the passenger is the guest. Don’t forget to thank the driver for bearing the stress of high-pressure holiday driving, lighten the load by taking on some responsibilities of your own. Offer to help pay for fuel, fetch snacks and drinks, and pack the car. Also consider bringing some treats or a gift.

Communicate the itinerary. Travelling with family or friends, you can a void the stress of the incessant “are we there yet?” conversations by building an itinerary and communicating your plans. Talk about stops for food and restroom breaks so everyone knows what to expect. Kids can follow along, track progress, and anticipate their favourite spots – even figure out arrival times on their own.

Don’t play the passive passenger. If you’re lucky enough to be sitting in the front passenger seat on a long journey, assist your driver through helpful communication. Be sure to stay alert and keep an eye out for road signs (do try to refrain from tweeting too often or refreshing your Instagram feed every five seconds.). Above all, avoid all comments on how your chauffeur is driving – no one likes a back seat driver, especially when road conditions turn stressful!

Control distractions. We all want to hear our favourite karaoke number on a long road trip, but a distracted driver is a safety hazard. As a polite passenger, defer to your chauffeur and offer to play DJ or navigate the control screen to make their job easier. If the kids in the back have their own entertainment setup, make sure they keep “The Wheels on the Bus” at a noise level that doesn’t distract the driver.

Credit: Article sent in by Ford Motor Company.

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