How to Make a Long Drive Interesting With Technology

Our wonderful Toyota Prius, on a ferry at Fort Fisher, NC, July 2007. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

I have a geeky obsession. I’m sure I wouldn’t be a GeekMom without at least one of those, right?

Our family has a 2006 Toyota Prius, which we absolutely LOVE! Sometimes Dave and I wish we had a Mustang instead for the coolness factor, but the practical side of us really appreciates having this car! All the techno-gadgetry is a Geek Dream come true!

Last week I drove from the Florida panhandle up to Long Island to pick up the kids from their grandparents’ house, where they had spent the 2nd half of July. This meant two days of driving all. by. myself. I actually welcomed this, it was a beautiful drive — particularly among the pecan farms of eastern Alabama, and I had minimal traffic and weather problems. I was well rested, and made sure to eat healthy foods on the road so I didn’t have food comas or tummy troubles on the drive.

I try to keep my brain engaged on my drives with geeky tasks like mentally calculating what time I’d need to stop for gas, and with the Prius and Garmin GPS I had not one but two additional mental exercises that kept those dull kudzu-covered stretches of I-85 tolerable.

[To read how Patricia Vollmer keeps her brain engaged during long road trips, head over to GeekMom!]

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