You won’t find Road Trip Addiction Disorder (RTAD) in any medical journal but more and more folks are finding it harder and harder to stay away from the tarmac.
A few experts have tossed around numbers like 30 million suffer from RTAD – just a handful of the 196,165,667 drivers in the USA. But if you have a road trip monkey on your back you know the pain and suffering that comes with this debilitating addition.
Ok, at this point you might be saying to yourself; “these guys are looney!” “I enjoy road trips. I don’t have a problem.” If that’s the case take the following quiz and see if you might be certifiable — like we are.
- Do you take the long way on your commute avoiding short cuts and looking for new routes?
- When sitting in your office cube, do you find yourself fantasizing about driving to destinations halfway across the country?
- Do you long to see: The world’s largest frying pan, the biggest ball of twine, or the dinosaur fossil and petrified forest museum?
- Have you driven your vehicle through a tunnel carved out of a giant tree?
- Does the perfect date involve a drive-in? Is an old A&W with car hops the ultimate date destination?
- Have you re-financed you home to ensure you have gas money for that planned drive down A1A?
- You know what a TripTik® is.
- To fall asleep you picture passing white highway lines, instead of counting sheep ?
- Have you ever crazy glued your eyelids open to keep from falling asleep so you could drive to the beach at night and be back to work by morning?
- After a fight with your significant other do take a victory lap in the car rather than having makeup sex?
If you answered “yes” to any of these question you may have RTAD. If you answered “yes” to more than half the questions you are hopelessly addicted. If you answered “yes” to #10… we’re sorry. But fear not! There are many high functioning RTAD people in the world, many right in your neighborhood. If you feed your addition properly using all your vacation time, long weekends and commute you should be able to satisfy that monkey and maintain some assemblance of an ordinary, less fulfilled, boring life.