In a few weeks, my family and I are going to pack the car ridiculously full, jump in and hit the road. First we’ll drive 359 miles to the mountains of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Then, after a few days with family, we’ll drive 355 miles to Tybee Island, Georgia. Then we’ll drive 519 miles back home to Franklin, Tennessee.
Because we are crazy.
But also because we love road trips.
And it’s that time of year. Time to hit the road and there are a few rules the Acuff family lives by when it comes to road trips.
1. If the fast food place or gas station you picked to stop at is more than 1.2 miles off the highway you have failed and should be ashamed of yourself.
2. You’re only allowed to eat beef jerky on a trip that takes you at least 200 miles away from your house.
3. Diet Mountain Dew is stronger than regular Mountain Dew. (I can’t prove this, but I swear Diet has more “dewness.”)
4. You’re not allowed to drop important items between your child seat and the door and expect mom and dad to be able to retrieve them while barreling down the highway at 70MPH.
5. You have to put your shoes back on when we stop to use a gas station bathroom. (You’d think this one was obvious, but sometimes I have to debate this with my kids.)
6. The only way to beat Atlanta traffic is to get up in the middle of the night and race through the city while it’s still dark despite your desire to look up Jermaine Dupri or any other rappers in the Dirty South.
Those are a few of our rules.
Do you have any road trips coming up?
What are your road trip rules?