Fun Games To Play In The Car

Posted by Rick Uva on Dec 3, 2018 10:08:00 AM



Take some of the misery out of long car rides

The Anagram Game

Sometimes you come across one of those fancy plates. The ones that say P@ID or LIC-NSD. Most plates, however, are just a jumble of letters. Your job is to come up with an anagram for any normal license plate.

Celebrity DoppleGanger

This one is simple. While driving, always be on the lookout for a celeb doppelganger. A doppelganger is a person who remarkably resembles someone else. Your job is to find someone who looks like a celebrity. Judge each other to see who has the best match!

Who’s Line is it? (Sleeper)

The object of this game is to create a story so believable that the person asleep will believe it when they wake up.

  • Wait until someone in the car falls asleep.
  • Begin making up a story.
  • Take turns adding parts to the story.
  • When the passenger wakes up begin telling them the story.
  • If you break character you lose a point.
  • If someone goes off script, someone must ask, “Are you sure?”, then that person cannot speak again and loses two points.
  • If you fool the person each storyteller earns three points.
  • If the “sleeping” passenger tricks the whole car and joins in on the story correctly they steal all the points.
  • Most points upon arrival wins .

FORTUNATELY , Unfortunately

The first person begins the game by saying, “fortunately” and says something fortunate.

Moving clockwise the next person will say something that is unfortunate about the event mentioned previously.

Keep moving around the car and mentioning a fortunate thing about the event, then an unfortunate one.

  • If you stumble you get a strike.
  • If you get three strikes you’re out.
  • Last one left wins.



  • Start by someone selecting a category (cars, food, places).
  • Begin with the letter “A” from the alphabet and name something from the category that begins with that letter.
  • Take turns around the car and try to complete the alphabet while using that category.



New Song

  • One person begins singing a song
  • The next person takes a “lyric” from that song and starts another song that has that lyric.
  • Go until someone fails to carry out a song.

“Love, love me do, you know I love you…”  (The Beatles)

“…Give love a bad name…” (Bon Jovi)

“…That’s not my name, that’s not my name!” (The Ting Tings)



Would you rather

A good old fashion game of would you rather surprisingly can kill a great amount of time. Let imagination take over and make this game extremely interesting.


Not that word!

Get that brain working. The car needs to come to an agreement on 5 words that cannot be used throughout the entire ride.

Sound easy? Not so much.

The five words you pick should be common words, or words that have to do with traveling. For example, you can use see, look, car, road, where. When someone uses one of the five words they must be penalized.

Some penalties that can be used.

  • Chip in for gas ($X.XX per penalty)
  • Buy food
  • Pump Gas
  • Navigate
  • Drive next

Explain a film plot badly

One person describes a film plot so poorly that it makes it difficult for the other passengers to guess what movie it is. For example, “Two enemies, one pretty boy hotshot and the other a hillbilly join together despite their differences in a fight for their lives in order to escape from a butcher living in the slums who has taken them captive in order to get back to their family.

Toy Story.



Pick on  person  to guess.

  • That person must put headphones on or put their hands over their ears.
  • The rest of the car thinks of a verb.
  • The person who  guess  has to try and figure out the verb by only using the word “smurf”.

“Did you smurf today?”

“Does he/she smurf?”

“Is smurfing appropriate in public?”


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Topics: Happiness, driver, night driving, driver's license, Permit, DMV, highway tips, Driving Lesson, Safe driving

Driver's Ed • Driving in the Rain

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Oct 4, 2016 3:03:42 PM

Driving in the fall can see a lot of strange weather here in New England: from early snowfalls to sudden sunlight and dreadful downpours out of the gloom, driving can not only be a chore but also dangerous! Some of the most dangerous conditions are made when a rainy day turns from a drizzle to a deluge and you’re stuck out on the roads.

Here are some tips from The Next Street to help you get through this autumn’s rainfalls.

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Topics: driving, Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips, weather

Driver's Ed • Blocking The Box

Posted by Karen Ali on Sep 28, 2016 3:02:00 PM

Don't block the box and make sure you move over! 

Parents might not know either of these laws, but students taking our driver's ed classes are well versed in them because we teach both concepts.

Both the “Blocking the Box” law and the “Move Over” law passed in 2009, and many people who were licensed before that are still unaware of their existence.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips

Driver's Ed • Car Maintenance Life Hacks for Non-Mechanics

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Jul 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Everyone likes money, correct? You don’t want to waste it, you want the most value from the amount you have, and for the most part you don’t want to spend it. Vehicles will be the second most expensive investment we make in our lives next to paying for housing (for us that can’t afford to buy an island).

Cars are a rite of passage, but they don’t come cheap.

Here are some life hacks that can not only extend the life of your vehicles, but could also save a life down the road!

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Topics: car maintenance, Safe Driving Tips, Safe driving

Driver's Ed • Dealing with Hazards

Posted by Dave Yachtis on Jul 5, 2016 2:00:00 PM


They're everywhere when you drive. It could be something simple like a car on the other side of the road. It may be something complex like a kid walking his dog on your side of the road and an 18-wheeler on the other side. It may be something as terrifying as a deer jumping out in front of your car. It's virtually impossible to be on the road and not encounter some type of hazard. But you do have tools to help you, such as:

  • Adjusting your vehicle's speed
  • Adjusting your vehicle's position
  • Communicating with other road users 
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Topics: license, Safe driving

Commentary Driving

Posted by Dave Yachtis on Jun 8, 2016 3:02:29 PM

Experienced drivers know how important scanning is while driving. Knowing what's around your vehicle helps you to recognize potential hazards. For new drivers, regardless of age, scanning is one of the last skills they develop. If you're teaching someone how to drive, there's a drill you can use to help them not only get better at scanning, but also to make sure that they are processing that information correctly. It's called "commentary driving".

Commentary driving is a technique where the driver talks about everything they see while they are driving. The first couple of times you do this drill with them they should be talking about EVERYTHING. Make sure they mention signs, lights, pavement markings, other cars, pedestrians, telephone poles, airplanes, cats, dogs, lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!). You want them seeing and talking about everything. They should be talking a lot. Everything they see and comment on won't be important, but that's ok. The goal in the beginning is to get them better at scanning. Looking as far in front of them as possible and looking to the back and to the sides as often as possible.
When they get to the point where they are seeing everything, or almost everything, have them comment on only what is important and stop talking about the unimportant stuff. At this point, what they say to you is more important than what they see. If they are still mentioning the unimportant stuff, then they are doing the drill wrong. The ultimate goal is that they are scanning, recognizing what is important, dealing with it and ignoring everything else. By focusing on only the important stuff, they can make adjustments to their speed and/or their position to help them deal with potential hazards. 

It is very important that your comments to them while they are doing this drill are positive. If they fail to see something that they should have, point out to them the thing(s) that they didn't see and then ask if it is something that they will have to deal with or if it is something that is unimportant. Ask them simple questions like "What do you see in your left side view mirror right now?" or "What do you see beyond the next intersection?" or "Why do you think that's important?" Be generous with positive comments. Also make sure that they don't take their eyes off the road for too long as they check a mirror or a dashboard control. 

Commentary driving is a great tool to use with those new drivers who have a good grasp of the basic controls of the car. It will take them to the next level of their driver training and help to make them safe, responsible drivers.

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CT Teen Driver Restrictions

Posted by Christine Rodriguez on May 23, 2016 4:30:00 PM

It's no secret that teen driver restrictions in Connecticut can get confusing. When can I drive? Who am I allowed to drive with? Is my brother allowed to ride with me? It is easy to forget the details, but unfortunately if you do, you can be in some trouble. Keep these restrictions in mind the next time you hit the road. 

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Topics: Safe driving, New Driver, New Driver Restrictions, safety, Driver's Ed, driving, Education, laws, driving laws

How To: Merge On The Highway

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Mar 9, 2016 4:06:00 PM

Merging onto the highway is likely the most obviously dangerous thing the average American does on a daily basis. Higher speeds, blind spots hiding cars, and the stress of heavy traffic can all lead to collisions out on our roadways. As with all types of driving, merging onto the highway can be made infinitely easier by understanding the basics of what is going on.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips, highway tips, highway driving

How To: Drive Safely at Night

Posted by Paul Dee on Oct 14, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Lots of people dread driving at night, which is completely understandable because darkness puts you at an increased risk of getting into an accident. Studies have shown that a disproportionate number of fatal auto accident injuries happen at night too, often due to poor vision, inadequate roadway lighting, traffic density, and alcohol consumption.

However, most people do not need to entirely avoid driving after dark; they just need a few reminders about night driving risks and some safety tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: Safe driving, Safe Driving Tips

Driving Safely with Kids

Posted by Corey DeVellis on Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Thousands of Connecticut parents will drive with their children in the car almost every day. Driving with any kind of passenger can be challenging, but children provide a perplexing problem because of their demeanor as well as their physical needs while in the car.

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Topics: Safe driving, safety

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