All commuters will agree that long drives to work can be both physically and mentally draining. Sitting in a car seat for a few hours every day can take a lot out of you. That’s why most people take numerous steps to make commuting more comfortable.
However, you can’t just think about your comfort. You have to think about your well-being too…
Why do You need to be Focused on the Road?
First off, you need to make sure that you’re focused on the road. A lack of concentration can lead to a number of accidents. Don’t believe us? Just ask 55% of your countrymen, who agree that a lack of concentration is the biggest threat you face while driving.
Distracted driving finished in the first place, in front of road threats like:
- DIU (Driving under the influence)
- Aggressive driving
- Driving above the speeding limit
That’s why you want to prepare your entertainment carefully. You don’t want to listen to something that will have you getting lost in your thoughts, taking your mind off the road.
When your mind starts wandering, that’s when road accidents start happening. And just how can music help you during your morning commutes? Surprisingly, it can help you focus.
How Can Music Help You Focus on the Road?
Music will block out distracting noises outside the car, helping you keep your eyes on the road in front of you. What’s more, music can stimulate your brain in a similar way to coffee, making you more alert, improving your reflexes, and allowing you to become more engaged.
Listening to music activates both sides of your brain. By affecting both hemispheres, it improves your memory and your learning capabilities.
Music can impact everything from your mood to your blood pressure. The only trick is, you need to pick the right music in order to enjoy all of the benefits it can provide. So we’re here today, to help you come up with a playlist that will make your commuting safer and more enjoyable.
3 Steps to Creating a Commuting Playlist
Finally, let’s talk about the actual creation of your playlist. You can do it by following just three simple steps. Let’s not waste any more time, and let’s go…
- Step 1: Learn What Makes the Right Commuting Song
The first thing you need to learn is how to pick the perfect song. While you don’t want something that will pump your adrenaline too much, you still don’t want something that will bore you to tears. Here, you can use the Leaser Fetcher formula to help you pick.
The best commuting songs are a) high-energy b) danceable c) positive. Your list should consist of songs that check these three boxes. You need something energetic to wake you up in the morning, danceable to get your going, and something positive to prepare you for work.
- Step 2: Take Time to Find the Theme of Your Playlist
You should also consider the theme of your playlist. Do you want something old fashioned? Maybe something more modern? Or do you like evergreen, positive hits like “Tubthumping” perhaps? Whatever the case may be, you definitely need a theme.
A playlist filled with random songs from different eras with different tempos will only give you a headache. Go through some of your favorite songs, listen to them carefully, and as soon as something comes on that will give you the inspiration you need, start creating your playlist.
- Step 3: Make Sure to Give the Playlist a Test Drive
Chances are, you probably won’t come up with a winning playlist on the first try. The first playlist you have created will probably have some hit-and-miss tunes. But you won’t be able to know this without trying your playlist out in the real world.
That’s why you should go out there and give your playlist a test drive. If you’re doing this as a weekend project, you should perhaps go out for a short drive around the town. You can even drive out to your office. That will give you an idea of how your playlist works.
Create Your Perfect Commuting Playlist Now!
You should treat your commuting playlist as a long-term project. It will probably morph multiple times in the first few months alone. Whenever you hear a tune that seems perfect for your playlist, add it, and give it a go. If it doesn’t suit you, you can always take it out.
Make sure that your playlist is regularly updated and you’ll come to work energized every day.
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