Road Trippin’: Rules For Being Shotgun


In my family, I’m the driver.  I don’t mind, I like to drive.. But, just because a person isn’t driving doesn’t mean they get to sit there all brain dead, looking out the window like they’re watching a moving picture. I’ve actually had to tell someone this, which is why I’ve decided to let people know, there are rules to being shotgun. The role of Shotgun comes with some responsibilities.

So…read up and learn!

Rule #1: She who handles the steering wheel makes the rules, and therefore also has final veto power in all things regarding the road trip.

Rule #2: Shotgun serves at the pleasure of the driver and is expected to assist in any way possible that aids the driver, be it by study of the sacred traveling scrolls of Thomas Bros or by programming of a GPS-device. If the driver says, “Keep an eye out for Highway 123,” you keep an eye out.

Rule #3: Shotgun is charged with entertaining the driver with light hearted conversation, clever wit and a constant rotation of music through XM Radio, FM radio, CD’s, iPod, etc. Particular care must be taken that the music selection does not stray far from the driver’s particular taste.

Rule #4: The Shotgun must maintain a constant supply of snacks and drinks, and be prepared to satiate the thirst and “munchies” of the Driver at a moment’s notice.

Rule #5: Per driver’s dictation, the shotgun must type and send out the necessary Tweets or FB status updates (ie. road side photos, cute or unusual signs, etc) for the driver.

Rule #6: The shotgun ALWAYS pumps the gas.  Period.

Do you have rules for road trips? 

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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. These are excellent rules for shotgunning, and illustrate just another of the reasons I prefer to be the driver. ;D

  2. Shirley Lewis says:

    Excellent rules, #2 would give me a problem, or should I say, part of #2, but otherwise, I agree.

  3. Roland Lundberg says:

    I think I want to be the driver from now on…