July 17, 2018
On the Road Again: Backseat Entertainment
Prepping for a road trip? Before you head over the river and through the woods, consider these 10 road-trip tips to entertain passengers (and driver, too) from driveway to destination.
Wi-Fi and downloads
- Connect to in-vehicle Wi-Fi (available for a monthly fee) if your GM vehicle offers it. Just press your OnStar button to get started.
- Download content to your device before you hit the road if you don't have in-vehicle Wi-Fi.
- Load digital downloads (available with DVD purchases for your tablet or smartphone) onto your devices before leaving.
Power and battery packs
- Charge and pack several backup power packs and ensure they're within arm's reach to minimize roadside stops.
- Take advantage of in-vehicle charging with the various power options offered by GM vehicles, from the Chevrolet Suburban with up to 14 charging locations to the Cadillac CTS with wireless device charging.
- Pack an extra-long charging cable, if traveling in a large vehicle, for passengers in the back who may not have charging access.
Tools of the trip
- Double-check that everyone has their own headphones, and pack an extra pair (or two) just in case.
- Invest in a headphone splitter, so passengers can listen to the same entertainment together.
- Reach for the word search, coloring books, sketch pads and crossword puzzles for individual tech-free activities.
Try out one of these group activity tips for road-trip entertainment for kids:
- Musical chairs — Everyone rotates to another seat at the next fuel stop or bathroom break.
- Trivia game — Bring your favorite trivia game to play in the car; winner gets to pick the next stop.
- I spy — A road-trip classic, take turns spotting objects to help pass the time.
For additional ways to make your next vacation a smooth ride, check out these suggestions for planning a drama-free family road trip.