When my kids were small we used to try to keep them amused on long journeys by playing observation games. They were too young for "car cricket" so we used to get them to count Shell stations vs Esso, that kind of thing. Anyway, on a long and boring trip to Scotland in January I decided to see how long it would take me to spot vehicles with old style reg plates from "Y" to "A" in reverse order (Y123 ABC etc). Y,X,W, no problem, I thought the rest would take a couple of hours, max. I finally finished TODAY, 4 months later. Conclusions: It was a pretty sad thing to do I'm not paying enough attention while driving Does anyone else have any favourite ways of passing long journeys?