For me, an “ultimate” driving tune is one I want to turn up and sing along to. It causes involuntary warbling at the top of my lungs (enough to embarrass me should anyone overhear). They are melodious or catchy songs with great bass lines or guitar solos, wiggle-triggering rhythm, easy to remember lyrics, and work best when they’re loud.
Research conducted by THINK! suggests that almost 20% of accidents on major roads are sleep or tiredness related. Long journeys on motorways can lead to a lack of concentration. Apparently, along with other preventative measures such as taking regular breaks, listening to songs you love can be a great way to stay alert and focused on the road.
I agree. When I’m driving any distance I love to have the radio on, and there is always a selection of CDs in the car to choose from should the radio simply not be good enough! I find a journey with good music is a much happier journey than one with no music. Gorgeous sunny weather also helps, of course, but some great tunes blearing from my stereo can keep me alert and keep a smile on my face.
There is an excess of “music to drive to” compilations available, but MoneySupermarket.com have been asking bloggers to make their own ultimate summer driving playlist. They want to know what we love to listen to on long journeys – what tunes make us turn up the volume. So here are the songs I’d put on my summer driving mix-tape…
1 Bon Jovi – Welcome to Wherever You Are
2 Queen – We Are the Champions
3 Take That – Never Forget
4 Kato – Welcome
5 Ash – Girl from Mars
6 Steppenwolf – Born to be Wild
7 Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
8 Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
9 Oasis – Live Forever
10 Dum Dums – Everything
11 Take That – Shine
12 Bon Jovi – Blaze of Glory
I also heard some research a while ago that suggested people who listen to Classic FM on their morning commute drive better and arrive calmer than those who listen to Radio 1 – so maybe I should interlude my playlist with some rousing orchestral pieces (I’m thinking film soundtracks like Pirates of the Caribbean or ET) too. You know, just to make sure I don’t get too excited and speed!
What do you choose to listen to on a long journey? Tell me in the comments below (and feel free to link to your Ultimate Driving Playlist if you’re taking part).