When traveling in a small space, it is great to be able to pass the time in a way that is fun. These times for families can be times to get to know each other, particularly when friends are traveling.
The following games relate to the use of numbers (or numeracy for the more educated)
1. The Pub Cricket Game – Agree on a score or a maximum time.
The object of the pub cricket game is to spot as many pubs as possible with animal names in the title.
The first player to see a pub calls out and gets a point, however if it has a name that has an animal with legs, the player will score the number of legs, for example “The White Horse Inn” will score 4 points. The winner is the player who reaches the agreed score first. There are many variations to this game.
2. Road Trip Maths – Usually five minutes at a time after filling with petrol or gas.
The object of road trip maths is to work out some basic mathematics relating to distance, time, speed and fuel usage.
The distance traveled (from the odometer or estimate of distance) and time (from a clock or estimated time) is either given or worked out by the participants. The fuel amount is read from the fuel filler or petrol bowser. The players then determine the fuel usage, either in miles per gallon or litres per 100
kilometres, and the average speed. The winner is the first to get it right.
For those not sure of the formula: Speed equals distance divided by time. Miles per gallon is simply the distance divided by the amount of fuel in gallons. The litres per 100 kilometres is calculated by dividing the litres by the distance traveled and then multiplied by 100.
3. The License Plate Fadic Game – agree on a winning score.
The object of the license plate fadic game is to observe License plates and determine the FADIC number.
Work out the fadic number of the number plate and see if there is a pattern over a long journey. The fadic Number is a number between 1 and 9, and is found by adding up the digits until they are reduced to a single digit, for example the number 684, becomes 6+8+4=18, and 18, becomes 1+8=9, so 9 is the fadic number of 684. Over a long journey there should be an equal number of cars that have either1, 2 or 3 etc. as their fadic number. Another variation is to select a fadic number, say 5 and the first player to get 5 as a fadic number scores a point. Select another number and continue.