It’s almost officially summer. Which means, days of no school, warmer weather, and road trips.

Road trips are awesome, but regardless if they are two hours or two days they inevitably mean two things.

Getting stuck in traffic and boredom.

Let’s face it, being stuck in the car for extended amounts of time can very quickly lose its lustre. The farther you travel from home, the more likely it is that you are travelling in unchartered radio signals, and nothing is worse than hearing your favourite jam get interrupted by static. Without the radio, there are only so many times you can listen to the same playlists and play countless games of “I spy” before the “are we there yets?” start to occur.

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So, regardless if you are a seasoned road trip warrior or a fresh-faced newbie, it’s always best to have a few tricks up your sleeves to entertain the antsiest of passengers. Thankfully, with the invention of smartphones and tablets, being entertained for hours on end is relatively easy.

But endless hours of staring at a screen is a strain on the eyes, and sometimes, all you want to do is crack open a book in the car. Reading in the car is ideal in theory. It allows you to escape the confinement of the car by diving into an adventure.

However, in reality, reading on the road is less than ideal. If taken too far, it can lead to a disastrous bout of motion sickness. There is nothing worse during a road trip than having to make an emergency stop at the side of the road.

So what is one to do?

Long gone are the days of the ancient technology of “the book on tape”, which used to solve the reading in the car predicament. Thankfully, advancements in technology have also created the audiobook. Audiobooks are a modern day road trip necessity.

You can simply shut your eyes and listen to a soothing voice (bonus if it’s the author!), dictate an adventure. You can entertain your mind, without straining your eyes. The best part of this modern book on tape is it can seamlessly transfer from one device to the other. You can start listening to an audiobook on your laptop at home, and pick up where you left off on your tablet on the road, or on your smartphone at the beach.

So the next time you want to enjoy a book on the road, you can skip the Gravel, and simply press play. You still may get stuck in traffic, but at least you won’t be bored.

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