A situation familiar to any driver: driving down a long, empty highway with a song stuck in your head. Your fingers tap the beat on the steering wheel and you suddenly realize you are halfway to your destination. Where did the time go, and how did you get to your current location in a blink of an eye? Music has a funny way of making time pass; for commercial truck drivers in particular listening to music not only passes the time, but also makes the long ride enjoyable.
Traced back to the dawn of time, music served and continues to serve as a simple escape from our busy lives. Theorists even go as far as questioning whether music or language itself came first. Much like the chicken or the egg! For a commercial truck driver, it can be taxing to spend so many long hours on the road. As a remedy, the soothing sound of a pleasing rhythm can help lower your stress level and increase to your productivity. Did you know music could also help with repetitive tasks? Try listening to the same style while making your pre-trip inspections and see what happens!
There are various music categories to fit one’s mood. The genre of music an individual enjoys is a personal choice, but it can be fascinating to try different genres for diverse occasions. Interestingly, there are psychological advantages behind different styles of music and sounds. Regarding truck drivers, listening to certain types of music can help make life on the road easier and more enjoyable. For example:
Classical music can help drivers out in many ways, including mental health. After a long day of driving, listening to classics such as Mozart or Beethoven can help reduce stress or anxiety. Symphonies normally play longer than a two-minute song you may listen to on the radio. This gives you more time to relax into the sounds of the composition. If you open YouTube, you can find remakes of classical compositions played on all kinds of instruments. There are also many videos on YouTube of musicians using everyday objects to create classics we all know. Try finding one of these videos the next time you are looking for an interesting video to pass time during a break.
Upbeat music can help keep drivers stay energized and awake throughout the day. Try flipping your radio station to some classic rock or EDM next time you hit the mid-day slumps.
Nature sounds are another way to relax after a long day of driving. Playing nature sounds, such as running water and chirping birds, can block background noise in order to help truck drivers fall asleep easier. Test out different environmental sounds depending on your mood. If you want to be reminded of home in the woods, listen to the sounds of chirping birds and crickets. If you want to feel like you are on vacation on a tropical island, listen to the soothing sounds of ocean tides.
Music can improve your mood when you are out on the road. While the above genres are a few that can help truck drivers relax and unwind, there are many more that may fit your style better. Remember though, safety is always number one. Do not allow your music to be a distraction. Always remember to remain safe, and do not play your radio so loud that it may distract you from your surroundings. Safe travels and happy listening!