Just months into their relationship, former Beatle Paul McCartney and girlfriend Nancy Shevell are road-tripping across legendary Route 66, but an extended journey spent in a car can be deadly to romance, Mary Schmich writes in the Chicago Tribune. "A road trip is a compatibility test on wheels, one that many couples have flunked," she writes.
To that end, Schmich offers some tips for the ambitious duo:
- No fooling around if someone needs to go. "JUST STOP THE CAR."
- Same for snacks: "Low blood sugar is the greatest cause of road-trip homicide."
- "Don't hog the steering wheel"—and don't be a backseat driver.
- "And, please, even if you think you're Paul McCartney, do not sit on the hotel bed strumming the guitar and watching Letterman when your poor companion is desperate for a good night's sleep."