It’s 6 AM and you leave your home for your long, 2 hour drive to work. Or maybe it’s 5 PM and you’re just leaving for your week-long vacation at the beach, 5 hours away. Very few people enjoy driving for such a long time and sitting in traffic for even longer (and if you’re one of those people who do then you don’t need this list!); here are some hands-free activities to give drivers something to do during long commutes.
Audio books: catch up on your reading by listening to audio books during your commute. You can buy audio books from a bookstore, or you can usually check them out from your local library. Audio books come in both tape and CD form, so whatever the style of your car stereo you can participate in this activity. If you use an mp3 player, you also have the option of downloading audiobooks from websites such as iTunes and listening to the books over your car’s speakers.
Podcasts: Podcasts are short radio shows that you can download onto your computer. You can put podcasts onto your mp3 player and then listen to them in your car, or if you don’t have an mp3 player you can burn podcasts onto a CD and listen to them from there. There are thousands of different podcasts on every topic imaginable, so you’re sure to find some you enjoy. And better yet, many podcasts are completely free of charge! If you’re interested in downloading podcasts, visit the “podcasts” section of the iTunes shop.
Learn a Language: If you are commuting back and forth to work everyday, a productive activity to participate in would be learning a language. There are many audio tapes or CDs (or even podcasts!) you can use to practice a language while driving.
Play the License Plate Game: Usually you do this with a car full of people, but there’s no reason why you can’t still play if you’re by yourself! Look at the license plates of the cars around you and try to find plates from all 50 states. If you’re in the car with a group of people, have someone keep a written tally of the states you have seen. If you’re by yourself you’re going to have to keep the tally in your head – making the game even more challenging!
Play the Alphabet Game: Okay, so this is nearly the same as the license plate game, but perhaps you’ll want to play both. Look around at street signs and license plates and try to find all the letters of the alphabet, in order! Sometimes this is more difficult than you’d think it would be. If you’d like, you can change the game to finding objects you see out the window that start with consecutive letters of the alphabet – this makes the game very challenging!
Hopefully these activities will make your long commute just as enjoyable as your destination (well, maybe not quite that enjoyable, but you know what I mean).