9 Sep 2012

Guest Post - Family Car Journeys

We are off on our holiday next week and although I'm looking forward to it, it's also a source of anxiety for me. Bubba isn't keen on car journeys at the best of times let alone the long one we have planned and she is liable to moan a lot. I found this information below helpful and I have a list of sing a longs now to help us on our way.

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Music for family car journeys

Long family car journeys can be trying for even the most seasoned traveller. But choosing carefully in advance some music to listen to along the way can help ease the stress of travel. Try these ideas with your family. We’ve even compiled some track lists that you might find useful. Sing-a-longs are optional!

For the kids
Keeping young children entertained on the road is often a major challenge for many parents, but the right music can help to entertain and educate the little ones. For very young infants, nursery rhymes are the most obvious choice, but you could also try classical or folk music to soothe a travel-weary baby.

Toddlers usually can’t resist their favourite nursery rhymes and sing-a-longs. Action songs can also help them burn off excess energy. Why not get the whole family involved? These old favourites should work like a charm:
  • We’re Driving in Our Car
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain

For parents
After singing Wheels on the Bus for the 10th time, you’ll be ready for something more grown-up and relaxed. Consider making a compilation of your favourite tracks so you won’t have the hassle of fiddling about with the console, or download your favourite tunes to your iPod or MP3 player.  

If you’re stuck for ideas, we have a few suggestions for classic driving anthems:

  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Little Red Corvette – Prince
  • Respect – Aretha Franklin

For grandparents
It’s important to consider the musical tastes of elderly passengers as well.They might often prefer genres such as classical, jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Of course, you’ll be on much firmer ground if you find out beforehand what music your older passengers prefer.

For some inspiration, try:

  • Jailhouse Rock  – Elvis Presley
  • On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
  • Mobile Pursuit – Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra
  • Fifth Symphony, Movement One – Beethoven
  • Tom Dooley – Lonnie Donegan

While sharing your musical tastes with the rest of the family can be a good bonding experience, there’s always the possibility of arguments flaring up. It’s a good idea to establish a few ground rules before starting the journey. Consider allocating equal times for all family members’ music to be played.  


It’s also worth packing extra headphones and personal music players for when everyone wants to give the bonding a break!

Author Bio:
Gargi Shastri writes for the Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters blog on topics ranging from
car insurance to family holidays. A road trip fanatic, she has clocked up thousands of miles in her trusty MPV.
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