Listening to Music While You Drive

Getting down as you roll down the highway can make driving more fun and help you pass the time more quickly, as long as you don’t get too crazy. There are many options you can choose to populate the playlist of your driving life, and there are a few guidelines you may want to consider that may make your ride safer and keep your car insurance company
from wanting to drop you.  Of all the funny things that can happen when you lose focus driving, driving off a cliff or into a tree because you are too busy singing intensely with your eyes closed to Barry Manilow or worse yet, driving head on into a semi trailer truck because Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath have you convinced that you are Iron Man. Taking yourself out of the game is bad enough, but the latter could lead to wiping a whole highway’s worth of humans off the planet, and you don’t want that!
You don’t want anything too crazy that you drive like a maniac or too mellow that you fall asleep at the wheel. You want a good, driving beat and just enough energy to keep you focused and amped without pushing you over the edge, metaphorically or literally speaking. Good, middle of the road American music works great for me, though I do enjoy classical at times as well especially out in the middle of nowhere in nature’s magnificence.

Below are some suggestions from my personal playlist of American and Canadian classics.  Try these out for a drive and then try interchanging some of your own songs into the mix  and see if or how it affects your mood, your focus and your driving on the road. You want to stay awake, feel energized and have fun without getting too amped up or on edge and ending up driving too aggressively.

Top 10 Awesomest Songs to Drive toDavid Lindley – Mercury Blues Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway
Bachman Turner Overdrive – Roll On Down the Highway
ACDC – Who Made Who Montell Jordan – This is How We Do it
Bachman Turner Overdrive – Takin Care of Business Chilliwack – My GirlTony Toni Tone – It Feels Good Heart – BarracudaChicago Jazz Quintet – Good News
Top 10 Worst Songs to Drive toBeatles – Helter Skelter She Wants Revenge – Tear You ApartVarious Artists – Tell Laura I Love Her Jan & Dean – Dead Man’s Curve
Barry Manilow – MandyIron Maiden – Number of the BeastN.W.A. – F the Police
Coldplay – Yellow Britney Spears – Hit Me Baby One more TimeNine Inch Nails – Closer

The perfect soundtrack or even, sometimes a book on tape can make an otherwise lengthy and laborious drive go smoothly and pass in a blink.  I’ve even tried foreign language tapes by Rosetta Stone once before I was going to take a trip to Spain.  Try a few things and soon you will have found the formula for the perfect soundtrack for a a day of driving.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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