Save Yourself From Boredom During Long Car Rides With These 9 Activities

Save Yourself From Boredom During Long Car Rides With These 9 Activities

These things will help you pass the time

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Most of us have had to go on a long road trip at some point in our lives. There is nothing worse than being stuck in a car for a long period of time with nothing to do but twiddle your thumbs. If you're like me and need things to do to pass the time here are a few ideas.

1. Listen to Music

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Listening to your favorite tunes can pass the time super quickly.

2. Take a Nap

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Taking a nap will make that trip go by in the blink of an eye.

3. Read a Book

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Lean back in your seat and jump into your newest read.

4. Draw or Doodle

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Whip out your sketchbook and doodle your heart out.

5. Play Car Games

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Get the other people in the car to play a game with you. ( 20 questions, I-Spy, Car Tag Poker, etc.)

6. Watch a Movie

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Put a movie on, kick back, and relax.

7. Sing your Heart Out

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Crank up the tunes and sing along with your friends.

8. Take Pictures

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Remember the memories you are making by snapping some photos during your trip.

9. Talk to Each Other

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When in doubt, just talk to each other. Conversations can carry on for hours and hours so take the time to bond with your fellow car-mate.

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5 Ways Listening to Music Affects Your Driving

Music has some interesting effects on your brain and mood while you drive.
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Driving can be a relaxing time for you. It could be the only time of day in which you get your thoughts all to yourself. You don’t have to worry about kids (unless you’re transporting them). You just have to focus on driving. Driving can even help clear your mind. But, the one thing that almost everybody does while they drive is listen to music. And music has some interesting effects on your brain and mood while you drive.

It Can Put You in a Dangerous Situation

This only relates to negative songs. Have you ever been going through an extremely difficult time, only to have the one song your ex loved pop up everywhere in your life? Even if you aren’t going through a rough time, listening to music you don’t like has a legitimate impact on your driving skills.

According to a study in the U.K., songs the participants didn’t like negatively affected their driving ability. It sounds odd, but music requires the processing of the brain. And, if you don’t like the song, your brain will put you in a negative mood.

Try and stay away from negative music while driving.

It Can Break Your Concentration

Driving requires concentration. It’s one of the keys if you want to avoid an accident and not total your car. As much as music helps people in almost every facet of life, listening to certain types of songs while driving isn’t always the best idea. For example, the tempo of the music can vastly affect your concentration on the road.

Music with faster tempos caused people to speed. The brain, for whatever reason, wants to speed up and match the tempo of the music. But, this doesn’t mean slower music is the answer. People who listen to slow music become a tad too relaxed, and almost wreck. It’s a fine line to walk between slow and fast. One study suggests finding songs that have between 60-80 beats per minute (mimicking the human heart).

It Can be Dangerous for Teens

Ah, being 16 means a lot of things. You get to go out on your own, you probably get that first kiss and you get to drive a car (if you’re lucky). It’s the time in which the teenager begins to spread their wings and demonstrate their freedom from mom and dad’s grasp. But, while driving is something parents routinely stress over, their child’s music isn’t helping their situation.

A study shows that teens who listened to their own music tended to speed. Not only that, but they also had more driving errors than their counterparts with opposite music selections/no music. Coincidently, the teens were also in a great mood when they took the post-driving questionnaire.

It seems music can brighten your mood, but can also lead you to do things in your car you wouldn’t normally do if you were listening to your own thoughts or having a conversation with a passenger.

It Helps Focus Attention When Combating Environmental Noise

This may seem contrary, but music can be a positive tool in some instances. For example, environmental noise is a major detriment to people who are driving. To combat this, drivers can listen to music and takes their minds off of the outside stress. Music helps fight the negative effects of environmental noise and helps the driver focus on the task at hand.

Jackhammers, construction and the annoyance of traffic noise in general is enough to drive anyone crazy. But, if you have music, you should be able to avoid these pitfalls and successfully navigate the road ahead of you.

It Can Increase Your Reaction Time

Reaction time is incredibly important when it comes to driving. In fact, driving is almost all action and reaction. As such, your reaction time needs to be sharp if you’re going to avoid being in a car crash. And, surprisingly so, you can increase your reaction time by listening to certain types of music.

As an example, hard rock music was used in a study to see if it influenced drivers. It did. It increased their likelihood of a crash. However, it also increased their reaction times. It seems as if hard rock music is both a blessing and a curse.

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5 Essentials To Know Before Your Long End-Of-Year Road Trip

Essential you need to think about for a long road trip.

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So it that time of year again where everyone is leaving their college town to go home for breaks or maybe go on vacation to somewhere else and have a change of scenery from books and teachers for some time. For me, this time of year means I am driving from the normally warm weather of Alabama to the cold weather of New Jersey. This year is a little different as I may actually be making that over 16 hour (or 1,008 miles) drive by myself which I have never done before.

So this is quite the experience and I wanted to share some advice to maybe make your long car ride a little more enjoyable. You may be wondering though how I can give this type of advice if I have never done this drive alone but I have done several times (nine times to be exact) with others from my family to fellow students. But also I have learned some of these ideas from my Dad who is a long distance truck driver so if anything he knows what he is talking about when it comes to driving long and far.

Sleep

Before you think about making a long car ride make sure you get a good night sleep for several days before hand.

Snacks

Stock your car up with candy so you have fewer stops to make. Also, make sure one of the snacks is a candy of some sort so you can get a little sugar high so you don't feel tired. AVOID the coffee as a way to get energy as it will just lead to more breaks.

Playlist

If doing a long car ride you need to have some type of playlist made as you will be crossing over state borders meaning your favorite radio station will no longer be on as that station doesn't reach where you're going. So getting a playlist of your favorite tunes made with a decent amount so it won't repeat that much. Or go Pandora where you can easily switch between genres but just be aware you will probably hear the same commercial at least twenty times before you get to your final destination.

Navigator

Have something tell you the way to go either have it written down and put a passenger in charge of giving you a heads up when your exit is coming. Or go with google maps or OnStar which will re-route itself if you just happen to miss your exit and you don't want to get off the interstate and get back on to get back to where you missed. Also since this is a busy time of year on the road the navigation will help you figure out where there is the least traffic.

Weather

Check the weather before you leave so you will know what is expected for the area you will be driving through. Will you have sunshine the whole way which may make the trip go a little faster or rain/snow which can very much make the trip longer as people will driver slower for this type of road condition.

Take these tips into consideration before making your trek anywhere this time of year.

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