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January 10th, 2004, 4:23pm
on an 8 hr one way car drive-who controls the music? and also-
What is the correct etiquette for the situation? Turn it down?
I ask because one time DH and I went on this excurtion with his parents and they played some guy named George Beverly Shey that sang religous songs plus some hum-dinger of a polka tape for hours. Am I supposed to beg for mercy? They had the volume directed only towards the back of the car where I was trapped. :cool2:
January 10th, 2004, 4:25pm
My answer to that is HHHYYYDDD controls the radio always.
When I was a kid, we used to go on a lot of long car trips. If the parents put on music we hated, my brother and I would sing along in our best, most nasal, loudest Bob Dylan voice.
It still works.
January 10th, 2004, 4:28pm
Yuk!! Unfortunately, owner of the vehicle should be able to pick "reasonable" listening pleasures. My step-son is 20 and I will go to my grave hating most of what he finds enjoyable, but when him and his sister were young I told them: "When you own your own vehicle and I'm riding with you, you can listen to what ever you want!". Ouch, I didn't think that would ever happen!!
January 10th, 2004, 4:34pm
I'm thinking of volunteering my driving next and using my driver priviledge. I like U2, Kate Bush, Vapors, Flock of Seagulls, B52's, Oingo Boingo, etc...Things they have only heard as musak somewhere.
January 10th, 2004, 4:51pm
My whole life, no matter who I was with, or wherever we were, the one rule has always been......
The Driver of the vehicle has the radio/cassette/Cd power. It is/was indisputable.
It was that way when I was a child, and it's that way now. Whoever has the foot on the gas, and the hands on the steering wheel gets the audio power.
The rest of the peeps in the vehicle have to suffer.....LOL!!!
January 10th, 2004, 5:18pm
Yep--whoever's "in control" and/or owner should get to pick the tunes. It would be nice, however, if everyone compromised on this issue... :)
January 10th, 2004, 5:45pm
Thats why Sony makes Walkmans!!!!!!!! Whoever drives gets dibs on music so just be prepared and strap on your own tunes!!! :royal: :supstar:
January 10th, 2004, 7:11pm
When hubby and I take a road trip we split the tunes into 2hr increments. Sometimes we split up the driving equally - sometimes, if he's feeling macho, we don't - but he knows the tunes are still split equally! If it's hubby and wife (boyfriend girlfriend, etc.) I think it's only polite and considerate to do so....
In the case of adults traveling with inlaws/parents, bring along the tunes and make the suggestion about switching every so many hours...they will probably agree, However, in such a case I would pick some of the more tame and kind of mellow music I like so as to not freak the others out!!! For example, I like classic Led Zeplin but wouldn't take it on a road trip with Hubby!. After 15 min he would be a blubbering idiot!...LOL
January 10th, 2004, 7:26pm
Our unwritten rule was Driver has control over the radio. They are the ones that need to concentrate and have music that does not drive them nuts.
I agree that is where sony comes in!!! Walkman's are the answer.
January 11th, 2004, 1:02am
Our rule has always been that the person whose car it is gets to pick the music. This always works out well for me, because my car is the only one big enough to put all 4 of us in, so even if I'm not driving and my husband is driving, I get to pick. But, that only really helps me when hubby wants to listen to the Dolphins game on AM radio. Otherwise, we like the same music.
January 11th, 2004, 9:15am
There are four people in my family, two teen and two parents. We drive 150 miles each way to see Grandma about every 2 months. The kids don't like my music. I get to control the radio, my husband is fine with that. To be nice, I trun off the back speakers in the car (long drives only) and the kids use the portable CD players to listen to what they want. Husband gets along fine even though he likes other music than I do. I don't make it real loud and sometimes I will listen to my portable CD player for part of the way. Cooperation is the key.
If I were taking a long drive with someone older and I hated the music, I would tell them it is bothering me, please turn it down some and switch off the speaker by me. I get headaches very easily and bad music will bring one on in a few miniutes. Then I would most likely use the portable CD to block out the rest of it. Yesterday I drove a few teens to a Robotics meeting (45 min away) and I was very nice, I let my son choose the music but turned off my speakers, kept it not too loud and I was ok.
January 11th, 2004, 10:00am
I like audio books for the long trips, my 12 yr old likes them too. Mysteries can keep him enthralled for a couple hours.