(Closed) How do you entertain yourself while driving?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you pass time while driving all alone?
    Great music! : (76 votes)
    70 %
    Books on tape. : (16 votes)
    15 %
    Picking your nose. : (5 votes)
    5 %
    Facebook. (I hope no one picks this option!!) : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Other. (Explain please!) : (9 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  My SO likes listening to books on tape, but sometimes it makes me sleepy. I love blasting the music and singing at the top of my lungs lol. You have to set up a good playlist before you leave. Also, snacks are a must for longer drives. I like candy and slushies.

    Post # 5
    299 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Try Dramatized Stories, books being read to me make me sleepy. 

    Focus on the Family: Radio Theatre does an incredible job!!! It is a Christian company but it’s not in your face kind.    The stories are clean, some based on good books or true stories.  Some are hours long so they keep you entertained for hours, others are shorter.  Books like Little Women, Annie of Green Gables, Corrie Ten Boom, Ben Her, CS Lewis’ Narnia Series. (Be aware there are some stories like Corrie Ten Boom that they can be intense for kids.  Just because you will hear the sounds of the gun as they portray the sounds of shooting as they Germans are killing those in the cocentration camps.  Or hear the ladies panic in the trains as they head to the camps.)   Just to name a few, I LOVE THEM!!!

    Also Lamp Lighters Radio Theatre does the same. Those are GOOD stories too!!!  They are dramatized, powerful and very very interesting!   They are clean stories. 

    Hope that helps some!


    Post # 7
    2298 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  I have an FM transmitter and connect my ipod….I have playlists that I use and have to stop every couple hours or so to get out and stretch even if I don’t necessarily need gas. I also have snacks and water all the time when I’m traveling any long distance or when I know I’m going to be stuck in traffic. I cannot listen to books on tape because I get bored and tired.

    Post # 8
    225 posts
    Helper bee

    @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  I always load up my ipod with new music. Best time to practice singing! Although shortly I blow my voice out because I do not sing very well, so then I listen to calmer stuff.

    I also bring with me, my thoughts. I haven’t had one in awhile but occasionally I will have an obsessive type thought that I don’t have time to work through on a normal day, so long car rides are perfect for working out inner thought problems. Maybe I’m just weird haha.

    And lastly, I have a few people that I can always call when I get super bored. I don’t have a problem with talking and driving, if something requires my attention on the road I just stop listening and tell the person to repeat themselves 🙂 

    Post # 9
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I don’t really ever have to drive long distances by myself but podcasts get me through the workday! if you listen to a lot in a row you’ll get sick of the ads for audible and netflix, but if you seek out ones with longer episodes, or ones that are just pulled from radio shows, you wont have to deal with too many of the same ads.

    I like Answer Me This, Stuff you Missed in History, The sporkful, graham norton (his saturday radio show in podcast form), By Design, mousestalgia, the modcast… 

    Post # 10
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I plug my phone into the car radio and listen to podcasts or Kurt Schlicter books read by my auto reader. For some reason my auto reader makes the book even more hysterical than they already are. I also write my best columns on the road, I use my blue tooth and record them then transcribe them later. I’ve had some doozies with huge response from long trips. Every once in a while I’ll plug my phone in and listen to a movie I’ve seen a thousand times. 


    Post # 11
    299 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  If you have any questions about them, I basically have ALL of them (FOF- Radio Theater ones). 

    Post # 15
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Not quite as long, but when I was at school, I’d drive 6 hours straight from there back home. Good music and tons of food flavor/textures (generally a sweet, a sour, a savory. Something crunchy, something gummy) and a Java Monster (depending the day, maybe 2). The last time I made the drive, I left at 10:30pm, so I got there really early in the morning. I packed a big bag of trail mix (savory/sweet and crunchy), Sour lifesavers and some starburst/gusher combo thing (sweet/sour and gummy), 2 java monsters and a juice. 

    As far as music goes, I’m big on musical soundtracks, especially the ones I have all the words memorized to. There’s a story line to follow, you can sing along. There’s always some show stoppers that reengergize you.

    Also, definitely stop more than once. My parents would stop every 2 hours on long trips. Not for an extended period of time, just enough to stretch, check on the vehicle, etc. It really does wake you up. 

    Post # 16
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Tunes. Lots and lots of tunes. When I travel great distances, I like to listen to the radio as I go. I dunno, it entertains me to hear all the different stuff as you travel along!

    And ugh 13 hours. Those are the worst. Drive safe!


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