Things to do when stuck in a traffic jam

We had the pleasure of being stuck in a traffic jam for a whopping 3.5 hours recently!! It was due to a fatal accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. So in case you are stuck in a MAJOR traffic mess for endless hours in the middle of the summer. I thought I would offer you some tips……so as a super mom you will be prepared!

#1 – Play endless games of the infamous alphabet game….you know the one….where you find letters on signs, trucks, or on the back of the same car you have been following forever!

#2 – Listen to LOTS of music, and roll down the windows for all to hear your rockin christian music. Pretend you are a teenager again. Although your image will be tainted if you are driving a van like ours!

#3- As a mom it is important to demonstrate your physical strength and agility in such a dire situation. So climb over all the things you have packed, including your kids, and attempt to retrieve food from the back of the van. It is important to show your flexibility and stick your head way down over the back bench seat with your butt sticking way up. Sigh a lot so others will know how difficult this is, and then continue to stretch your arm down as far a possible to retrieve that must have food item. In our case, I was after the Oreo Cakesters, which I finally victoriously snatched from the depths of my van. They were ALL quickly devoured!

#4- Write a sign that says, “Honk if you have to pee!!” This provides endless hours of fun! BTW, LOTS of people honked their horns! πŸ™‚ Sorry you can’t read the sign that well, I had to take a quick picture! I don’t have much experience taking pictures while stuck in traffic on a major highway! πŸ™‚

Those are just a few of our tips! Hope it never happens to you! But if it does, you have the same choice we did….be miserable or make the best of it! πŸ™‚


  1. WOW….that is a LONG time to be stuck.
    Our longest was just one hour on the Mass Pike once coming back from Cape Cod.
    We sang our hearts out to Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, etc.
    as for snacks….great idea…love those Oreos!!!

  2. Oh, no…3.5 hours!! And you still have your sanity!! Well, you get the Mother of the Year Award!! And your prize…….A year’s supply of Oreo Cakesters!! πŸ˜‰


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