Driving and listening to music seem to go hand-in-hand. The right songs can make a trip fly by and be the perfect companion any time you hop behind the wheel. Here are some quick tips on making your next road trip more enjoyable.
· Create the right collection of music: On any road trip, your music should match the mood. The stress of a crowded commute can be cut with calming classical and soft ballads. Hitting the open road for a vacation may call for more upbeat rock or fast jazz. You should keep a good selection on hand to fit any situation. Organizing your discs in a handy CD binder will save you from wrestling with CD cases.
· Add a CD changer: CD changers are a great way to play multiple albums non-stop, but conventional changers can be inconvenient, requiring you to first load the CDs into a removable magazine, and then load the magazine into the changer which, because of its bulk, is often banished to the trunk. As a result, you often end up listening to the same CDs over and over again if you forget to reload the magazine before leaving home.There are alternatives, though, such as Blaupunkt’s IDC-A09 in-dash CD changer, which uses no magazine and can be mounted directly in the dashboard. With five individual CD slots in the front panel you can load and unload discs without leaving your seat, or even removing the disc that’s currently playing.
This changer can also be installed in a glove compartment, overhead console, or even mounted vertically in a center console. It is compatible with Blaupunkt’s popular ThummerTM steering-wheel mounted remote control, making operation even safer.
· Pre-program favorite radio stations: For times when you want to catch up on news, traffic, weather or your favorite DJ, you’ll want to have your favorite stations assigned to the preset buttons on your radio.
· Optimize your sound: Take advantage of the abilities of your sound system. Adjust balance, treble, and bass to suit your individual tastes and preferences, but be careful not to overtax speakers. While high bass levels may seem appealing when setting up the radio, they can be hard on both the ears and the speakers on long trips. If the sound always seems too soft or too loud, and never “just right,” you are probably getting excess distortion, and should consider upgrading your speakers and adding a separate amplifier. Make sure you invest in quality equipment that meets your needs.