Even a 9-5 commuter can tell you how quickly the songs rotating on his favorite radio station get old. Radio likes to repeat itself. Same with the CDs you burned six months ago gathering dust in the console. It all gets old after enough listens.
So, here are a few suggestions to get your fingers tapping or your mind engaged on one of those extra long stretches on the road. Stick with us and you’ll look forward to those long stretches soon enough!
Pandora was one of those revolutionary websites that had people all a flutter a few years ago. As its grown in popularity and refined its technology, it’s just become a better and better tool. Now, you can listen on the road with relative ease, so there’s no reason not to get on there and start creating your perfect station right away. Here are the directions for setting it up.
What Pandora is, basically, is a system that finds out what you like and finds things that suit that taste. If it makes a mistake, you tell it, and it never makes that mistake again. Probably worth fiddling with off-the-road first. Give it a list of bands or songs or artists to emulate, create as many stations as you want, and stop worrying about the tunes going stale.
Like a lot of users, you might be well on your way to discovering a new favorite.
If you have XM enabled in your rig, chances are you already have your favorite stations marked out. However, there’s tons of stuff other than music and trucking news out there for you to land on that may just switch up your drive enough to wake you back up. We suggest some of the comedy channels. Laughter is great for alertness!
There are a couple of resources out there for this, but this one was a favorite from one of our Star drivers. If you’re going to be in the same area for a while and just want some tunes, the internet has made doing that whole scan-and-listen routine pretty much obsolete. Pop in the area name or zip code and get a list of what’s available.
It sure beats those 60 second snippets of mariachi music and weather reports in a never-ending circle.
Audio-Books are arguably the king of the semi-truck radio dial. Obviously the appeal is immune to staleness. When you can knock yourself into the Old West as soon as you crank up the engine, it really helps keep the mind from drifting while you’re doing what you gotta do. You also have recommendations to make and discussions to have next time you’re talking to a colleague.
Are you one of those people who has the darndest time making a choice? Hit up our forums and find out what your fellow truckers recommend! There might be no better authority on audio books out there.
Now, imagine this. You’ve just gotten home from a 14-day haul and you’re taking the missus out to dinner. On the way there, you have your first opportunity to impress the socks off of her when you let loose a full round of Japanese road rage at the baka (idiot) who just cut you off.
Now that’s likely to raise her eyebrows! Look, you’ve got hours on hours in your rig. Some language tapes might seem a bit out there and you definitely don’t want to distract yourself, but it does seem like a great way to pass the time, don’t you think?
Check out a company like Pimsleur to see what your options are. It’s never too late to make yourself a little bit more awesome.