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The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: Part 3 – Types of Road Trippers to Avoid

July 17, 2015

Planning your summertime adventure can be an exciting time – and whether you’re hitting the road with family or friends, you’ll want to make sure everyone is prepared. But before you pack up the boot and fill up the tank, heed our warning: be on the lookout for these notorious roadtrippers. These are the people intent on making life on the road hell – and they should be avoided at all costs.

We’ve lined up the worst offenders when it comes to road trip behaviour – with reasons why you should make sure these trouble causers sleep through their alarm and miss their ride!

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1. The ‘can’t hold it in’ guy

This guy is the ultimate annoyance, particularly if you’re trying to cover plenty of ground. Despite requesting bathroom breaks every 5 minutes, he’ll continue guzzling litres of fizzy drinks like they’re going out of fashion. Take our advice: leave him behind.

2. The ‘are we there yet’ annoyance

Despite gigantic road signs stating that you’re still 50 miles from your destination, this guy needs confirmation at regular intervals. While you might be able to distract him with games and gadgets – for true peace of mind, simply forget to pick him up.

3. The geographically challenged navigator

This joker is happy to tell you you’re going the wrong way after you’ve missed the exit, but he can’t read a road map anymore than you can read Elvish. If you’re planning on actually arriving at your destination, leave this dude at home and put your faith in your trusty Sat Nav.

4. The pseudo-deaf DJ

Every car journey requires a soundtrack – and if you want to make sure yours includes your favourite summer tunes, don’t put this guy in charge. He has the worst taste in music and will single handedly ruin your road trip. Car DJ is a coveted role – and if you’re not confident in your acquaintance, pick another road trip partner.

5. The incessant snoozer

What is the point in this passenger? This is the person that bangs on about how excited they are 3 months before your road trip and then sleeps for the entire ride. He’s clearly never heard of the journey being the destination, so do yourself a favour and let him sleep through his alarm.

Now you’re in the know, you can carefully plan your adventure and make sure you steer clear of notorious passengers. With the uncouth carry on left behind, there’s no one to ruin your road trip – Check out part 4 of our Ultimate Road Trip Guide for all of the essential apps and in-car tech to keep you going on your next adventure.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.