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Whoever said life is about the journey, not the destination, was wise.
And also probably assumed that one day we’d be taking said journey in automobiles like the 2016 GMC Sierra. A truck with available features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, a studio-quality sound system, and a 4G wi-fi hotspot.
So in that spirit of the modern family road trip, here are a few tips and tricks for keeping everyone entertained.
Two words: car karaoke.
You can thank James Corden for this one. If the First Lady can jam out to “Get Your Freak On,” everyone in the vehicle can certainly kill a good 45 minutes or so belting out the hits. Let everyone take a turn selecting the song — that way you get an acceptable mix of Meghan Trainor and Meat Loaf.
Let them watch their favorite shows.
This may seem counterintuitive, but an hours-long jaunt to Yellowstone isn’t the time to enact those ambitious 10-minute screen time rules you’ve talked about. And since the 2016 GMC Sierra has available features like a built-in 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot and a wireless charging pad, they’ll be all set. Ergo, you’ll be all set.
Happily hand over your phone.
Bring along a prop box full of giant sunglasses, bright feather boas, and ridiculous mustaches, and turn the backseat of the car into an impromptu selfie photo booth. Bonus points if you get an early Christmas card out of it.
Catch up with Grandma and Grandpa.
Use Bluetooth so everyone can join in the conversation. They’ll answer the phone thinking it’s you, then be thrilled to hear a chorus of “Hi Grandma, hi Grandpa!” coming through the line. Plus, if it’s them you’re going to visit, you can find out what’s for dinner. We know you were wondering.
And then, when you’re close to your destination…
Encourage a bit of quiet time.
That way they’ll all be well-rested for when the real adventuring begins. First, get everyone nice and settled. Maybe turn up the A/C a bit. Then, put on your family’s favorite podcast through Apple CarPlay (volume level: medium-low) and let the 2016 GMC Sierra’s sound-absorbing cabin with spacious legroom take care of the rest.
Hey, dreams count as entertainment, right?
Last updated: November 26, 2017