How to Deal with a Partner on the Road
Driving for long periods of time can get somewhat nerve wracking after a while even for the most experienced drivers. Add in a partner who you have to deal with the whole time you're driving and that annoyance meter tends to soar, so we felt it was necessary to share some tips on how to deal with driving with someone for long periods of time.
Make a Friend
The best road trips are usually the ones you can share with friends, lovers, etc. People who are usually into similar things as you and people you already know you can tolerate for longer periods of time. Often times we are faced with a long road ahead of us with a stranger sitting next to us who's name you forgot how to pronounce. If you're caught in this situation the easiest thing you can do is try to make a friend! Spark up a conversation, talk about things you like to talk about and see if the person catches on and continues the conversation. You'll be talking each others ears off and you'll have completed the trip in no time. Make the first move and take it from there!
If you can't spark a conversation with your driving buddy, try playing some games! Hopefully they'll be into passing the time in a fun way. You can play classic games such as 21 questions were you use 21 questions to figure out what someone is thinking about or games such as the singing game. In this game a person starts singing a song, and the next person uses the last lyric to continue into a different song and so on. This is nice because you don't have to be into the same kind of music you just have to be into music period.
Create a Schedule
If you've run out of ways to bond with your driving partner, and you just can't seem to spark up any kind of chemistry, the least you can do to make your trip more comfortable is to create a schedule. Compromise is the key here since you're sharing one car, truck, etc. with only one radio. By making a schedule, you can take both of your interests and schedule them at different times. If you have different music choices, split the time and share the radio. One hour for you, one hour for me and so on. Agreeing on when and where to stop is also important to ensure you're not stopping too much for no reason. Agree on when the right time to stop for a break is and schedule breaks accordingly. People will want to stop at times other than your scheduled times since nature can call on you at any time. For this issue, give yourself and your partner a certain amount of sides stops and use them for when you really need them.
If you're finding yourself having to drive long periods of time with a partner, check out some of these tips and see if they can help make your driving experience a little more comfortable.