What Do You Listen To When You Drive?

11th February 2019

Driving is, for some, a chore, others, a pleasure, and many, a necessity. How we pass that time or make it more enjoyable can vary dramatically from person to person. Whether you’re a hardcore rock enthusiast, a funny podcast-listener or an audiobook fanatic, here at YourParkingSpace we want to know what you listen to when behind the wheel, and why. 

We have asked car experts, lifestyle bloggers and influencers alike what they typically find themselves laughing, listening, or singing along to when driving. Do you agree with them?
Let's go! 


#1 A Mixture!


I love driving, I get to spend a lot of my time driving. Behind the wheel, I do a mix of podcasts, audio books and Spotify in that order. I love that I can turn a 2-hour motorway journey into a learning experience. This makes traffic and congestion a lot more bearable as you don't feel like you are wasting your time.
However, when I have something more exciting to drive and a suitable road to drive on I tend to use Spotify to play one of my playlists and enjoy the driving experience a bit more. 
- Paul Hadley, www.motorverso.com



#2 Always music 

fullsizeoutput_37I spend a lot of time in the car and our music choice is always s priority when we're on a little road trip. I always listen to music and I usually download playlists to my phone to suit the journey that we're going on and I connect my phone to the car stereo to listen through the car's sound system. For longer journeys I love to listen to classic 80s or 90s pop music and for shorter trips I put The Greatest Showman soundtrack on or listen to our local radio station.

- Donna Wishart, whattheredheadsaid.com



 #3 It varies!


What I listen to in the car depends very much on the time of day, how far I'm travelling and if I've got company!  If I'm with the kids then we take it in turns to pick songs on Spotify and this can range from Little Mix to Adele or Ed Sheeran to some random dance song from our holiday last year or the Greatest Showman soundtrack when the kids are choosing - I'm usually happy if it's something we can all sing along to and the three of them are starting to develop quite varied music tastes as a result!  If we're only travelling a short distance we'll stick Radio X on (we all love a bit of Chris Moyles in the mornings).  If I'm on my own and travelling for more than 20 minutes I will often listen to a podcast - usually something work related like #HashtagAuthentic as it feels like a constructive use of the journey - especially as I rarely get chance to concentrate on listening to things otherwise. 

- Colette Burgess, goingonanadventure.co.uk


 #4 It depends when I am driving

fullsizeoutput_2cIt depends on when Im driving.  If its during morning drive time I typically listen to Sports Talk radio.  If it’s around 5pm, most of the radio stations are commercial free and play good rock-n-roll.  On long drives to go skiing, in the mountains & desert there is often no reception so I switch to downloaded podcasts which I enjoy very much. Podcasts are a great way to pass time on a long drive.

- Maxwell, theruggedmale.comemaximize.com



#5 Rocky & punchy playlists 

fullsizeoutput_29I’m a classic car guy which means I don’t always listen to music when I’m out for a drive. It’s the sound of the engine that I enjoy. My 1982 Vauxhall Viceroy only has an AM radio with no tape deck so it doesn’t get used at all. And I removed the stereo from my 1990 Bertone x19 as I never used it either. I prefer the sound of the Weber carb behind my head. But my everyday car is a 2000 Volvo V40 T4 auto, one of just 10 in the UK. It has a really good sound system and a factory subwoofer in the boot which really kicks out nice base. My playlists tend to be quite rocky and punchy. Anything from Pearl Jam to Metallica, Lacuna Coil, Deftones, Faith No More, Linkin Park and the Smashing Pumpkins. I’m also a big fan of the tv show Supernatural (the 67 Chevy Impala in that show is so cool) so I have a special playlist of tracks from the show, which is mainly 1970s rock. Tunes by Kansas, Lynard Skynard, REO Speedwagon and ZZ Top. So yeah… lots of rock!

- Niall Julian, taketotheroad.co.uk


#6 I'm an 80's girl!

fullsizeoutput_3bI'm an 80s girl, so any opportunity to stick on some classics and sing along while I'm on a long drive is my favourite way to while away the time - it really is a great stress reliever. If I'm on a short journey - either popping into town or on the school run - I'm usually found tuning into LBC for debates and news to catch up with the latest headlines, or I'll tune into something like Smooth FM if I'm sat in traffic to calm the nerves! Finally, if I have the kids in the car, I'm usually sat there listening to them arguing! But I'll get a game of some sort going to distract them and get some peace and quiet! 

- Lauretta Wright, homeandhorizon.com


#7 A lot of Audiobooks

fullsizeoutput_3fI've recently got really interested in self-help and trying to become a happier, more fulfilled person so in turn I can help my children to grow up feeling happy. I’ve been listening to lots of audiobooks recently in the car, as I can really take it all in whilst I’m driving. My current favourites are The Secret and The Power by Rhonda Byrne, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

- Mel Knibb, lecoindemel.com



#8 My teenager's singing

ssmicon41While I’m driving I normally listen to my teenager singing with headphones on! We have an old car, which doesn’t have the facility to connect a phone, but she isn’t a fan of any of my CDs, so prefers to listen to her own music through headphones. I probably could put something of my own on, but listening to her sing when she can’t hear herself, and then me trying to sing along to songs I can’t hear, is actually quite entertaining!

- Jo Middleton, slummysinglemummy.com


#9 I'm a Radio 4 addict!

fullsizeoutput_44I drive a Suzuki Vitara and whilst my business is primarily online I do visit family regularly in the North East and rely on my radio to keep me informed and entertained en route. I'm a Radio 4 addict, from Womens Hour to The Archers and at present I need my daily Brexit news fix even though that's rarely good for my blood pressure behind the wheel.

"Being honest, I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to onboard technology. My Suzuki expects me to plug in my smartphone and use Bluetooth to play my Spotify collections. But I've spent years investing in CDs and I'd prefer to play these in their entirety as I drive.

- Steph Savill, Founder, foxyladydrivers.com


#10 I am kind of a hybrid listener while driving 

fullsizeoutput_47Driving a long distance can be mentally challenging. Which to central London is about 2 miles! Thankfully I am able to keep alert thanks to the radio. Being a millennial, I do not have a car equipped with the latest tech, but my Mini Cooper does have a USB port, so I converted it to a Bluetooth bub. Wireless music = happy days. I am kind of like a hybrid listener while driving. I am not an avid Podcast listener. But I do listen to The Young Turks quite frequently. If I happen to be driving in the afternoon I will switch on the DAB, tune into Radio 4 and then listen to the opening of the Archers. Just to hear to the intro music. It's like a call to arms. But I never listen to the actual drama because I always find it butt clenching-ly embarrassing. I have never been into teenage music. I don't like Little Mix, 1 Direction etc. boy bands, girl bands. I like listening to relaxing music where people hardly sing, a bit of electronica, maybe classical, maybe a soundtrack. Someone introduced me to Fleetwood Mac the other week, my favourite has to be The Chain. It starts off as folk-hippy-country-western music stylistically. Then the last 1.45mins switch to rock. Its a great sound. Admittedly my musical tastes are varied, I will listen to obscure folk music from Norway and then happily switch to a bit of Clean bandit or Jess Glyn. But not for too long. And if the song is great, you can be sure I'll be belting it out at the top of my lungs from behind the steering wheel. Take on Me by a-Ha is my personal favourite. But in moderation of course.

- Elizabeth Harper, Director of Content, dailycarblog.com

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