Friday, January 22, 2010

Long Car Trips are Better with Audio Books

Over the holidays, My Wife and I drove to California twice to see friends and family. We prefer to leave around 6:00 am, drive straight through and arrive just after 7:00 pm. To maintain our sanity during this 13+ hour drive, we listen to audio books cover to cover. A good audio book like Dan Brown's Deception Point can make the hands of a clock spin like airplane propellers while whisking you off to a far away land.

Passively listening to an audio book is much safer than chatting on a cell phone. "Drivers who talk on either handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers," according to experimental research conducted by Drs. Frank Drews, David Strayer, and Dennis L. Crouch of the University of Utah.

Instead of just staring at the road listening to the radio, you might consider an educational audio books. You could learn Thai, investment strategies, or even how to win an argument. If you are going to be stuck in the car for hours on end, you might as well get something out of it.

The next time you have a long drive ahead of you, try listening to an audio book and tell me what you think.

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