The most common recommendation for music to prevent you from dozing off at the wheel during long drives is to tune in to something you hate, and let the frustration prevent you from nodding off. While this may be a successful tactic, it probably contributes to road rage!
Ideally, you have a CD player in your vehicle that is MP3 compatible, or a stereo deck that allows you to plug in flash drives or MP3 players. This lets you be fully in control of your music choices and you can create various mixes of your favorite tunes to keep you company - and alert - while you're on the road.
If you make your own driving mix, make sure the songs you choose are upbeat, well known and make you feel good when you listen to them. This is the best way to stay alert because you'll be enjoying the music too much to fall asleep! Here are some great suggestions for a musical mix to accompany you on your next road trip:
Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
I've Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Life is a Highway- Tom Cochrane
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
Heads Carolina, Tails California - Jo Dee Messina
Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
(Comin' to) America - Neil Diamond
Papa Loved Mama - Garth Brooks
Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young
The next time you head out on a road trip or long haul, make sure you bring a mix of your favorite toe-tapping tunes with you to keep your head up and your eyes open!
About the Author
Tami Paulus is the Owner of Marks Old Towne Service
, a truck repair
and service center located in Anaheim off the 55/91/57 freeways. With experienced ASE certified specialists, we help you keep your trucks safe and running on the road. We also offer fleet maintenance and emergency breakdown service to repair your trucks either roadside or at your business.