Driving And Music Go Hand-In-Hand
Just about everyone has a favorite drive-time song. Whether it’s “Radar Love” or Beethoven’s 9th, the practice of listening while driving is actually a good thing for those behind the wheel – most of the time. With car stereos being a standard piece of equipment in every automobile, as important to some as the engine, it’s little wonder there’s a huge following for favorite drive-time tunes.
Ever since the 1950s and perhaps before, signing and driving have been an American pastime. Road music has long been believed by drivers to help them focus, stay awake and stay alert – three things that are vital behind the wheel. Although some will say the practice is “dangerous,” studies support the drivers’ contention. Music in a car can actually help a driver drive better and stay more focused longer, especially on long, boring drives.
Unfortunately, some of the top drive songs are those that don’t necessarily fit into the best tunes to listen to while driving category, but they’re well loved anyway. Researchers who support driving while singing as a way to stay alert, say those tunes that make the foot stomp too much and the heart race can actually create momentary lapses in judgment.
This, of course, makes a little sense. Consider any time an absolute “favorite” song came on the radio as you were behind the wheel. Was the urge there to maybe put the pedal to the metal just a little bit harder? Probably!
Despite the warnings, drivers have some distinct ideas about the best songs going while being behind the wheel. Although the list is extensive and includes major titles from the last 50 years or so, some of the most popular drive-time tunes include:
* Golden Earring’s “Radar Love”
* “Stuck in the Middle With You,” by Stealers Wheel.
* Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go”
* “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
* “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
* Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”
* “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar
* “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles
* “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf
* And of course, Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
The list of favorite drive songs can go on and on. Listening and signing while driving go together for many about as well as peanut butter and jelly. One without the other just doesn’t seem right.
Just remember when you’re jamming out to a little “Radar Love” behind the wheel to keep that foot steady and the experience is more than okay, it’s a proven way to enhance alertness.