...a very breezy history of the family road trip, which had its heyday, at least for some Americans, from the 1950s into the '70s ... perhaps Ratay's most poignant cultural observation is the one he opens and closes his book on. Ratay says that, unlike plane trips, those long car rides of yore — in which families traveled without the distraction of smartphones or DVD players — were less about the destination than the journey.
Fun and informative, Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip is Richard Ratay’s tribute to a classic American mode of travel ... Mixing family memoir with pop history, Ratay chronicles the development of modern highways, the evolution of rest areas, the origins of speed limits, debates over seat belts and the founding of once-familiar roadside stops like Howard Johnson’s. He evokes the fads of the ’70s ... Throughout, Ratay is an amiable guide.
...a historical and nostalgic look at the family road trip ... By sharing this history, Ratay also provides a useful juxtaposition against the modern vacation, with each person engaged with an electronic device rather than each other and the surroundings outside the windows ... A lighthearted, entertaining trip down Memory Lane.