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Around 90% of holiday vacationers travel by car. Whether you’re headed out with friends or a van full of family members, you’ll want to encourage an upbeat mood. These sure-fire rules will help you keep harmony on the road.

1. Ask everyone to help plan You don’t have to play cruise director. Getting everyone involved is a key to success. A day before the trip, ask everyone to pack a CD, a playlist or a road game. If children are coming, help each one to fill a tote bag with coloring books, stuffed animals or devices. Sharing the responsibility means that everyone gets a voice.

2. Embrace serendipity That’s a fancy way of saying “stop a lot.” If you stay cooped up for more than a couple of hours, tempers can flare and kids can get cranky. Take a look at your route the day before and see what interesting sights can be found with a short detour from the interstate. One stop every 90 minutes works best. If you drive the same route every December, you might end up with some new family traditions.

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CLICK TO SEE FULL INFOGRAPHIC 3. Bring a good (audio) book Solo drivers already know the pleasure of a personal storyteller. Audio books can be even more fun for groups. Send a list of suggestions to riders a few days before the trip. You can always press pause if your listeners need a break.

4. Play it up I Spy and 20 Questions are classics for a reason. Games keep the brain working on long dull stretches of road. If you need a new challenge, try My World, My Word. Each player makes up a new word for a common roadside object. When you see that object again, the first person to call it by its new name gets a point and makes up a new word (all previous words remain in play).