The Joy of Joy Riding
Head out without a plan and with family or friends for a “Random Drive.” Each passenger gets a turn to suggest where to go or what to do—“Stop here” or “Turn left now” or “Let’s wade in that stream!” Or try “Map Toss”: Put a map of your region on the floor and have everyone throw a coin on it. Then go to a randomly determined place that strikes your collective fancy. En route, use some of the exercises in the “Commuting” chapter to enhance your social and sensory experiences.
Most of the time you’re in a car, you have specific destinations in mind (and usually a routine way to get there). Not being sure of what comes next, where you’re going to end up, or even how you’ll get back turns up your attentional circuits to notice all the new sensory stimuli around you. You (and your passengers) are also exercising spatial navigation skills. And while you can play these games by yourself, by including family and friends you provide opportunities for shared experiences, shared memories, shared meals, and shared associations.