How to Take the Speed Bumps Out of a Road Trip

Even if you're Sir Paul, it can be a tough test
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2008 5:10 PM CDT
Paul McCartney arrives at the High Court in London, in this Feb. 14, 2008 file photo.    (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
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(Newser) – 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."