My Top 5 Summer Driving Songs & Your Chance At $500

The good people at KANETIX asked me to write about my Top 5 Summer Driving songs and when I couldn’t think of a good reason not to, I immediately got to work. After 6 days of deliberation, my list was finally complete!

KANETIX, an online comparison site for insurance, mortgages and credit cards, recently commissioned a study to find out how music impacts your driving. The results weren’t terribly surprising, but they were certainly interesting! Turns out Talk Radio listeners like to put the pedal to the metal and Hip Hop listeners are more likely to be charged with stunt driving.

This is where I come in! KANETIX wanted to know what songs get me and a few other bloggers fired up in the Summer time and I was happy to share. Here are my Top 5 Summer Driving Tunes:

1. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys – I perform this song in my band and it is the most electrifying thing I have heard in a while. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend it.

2. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young – Neil is my musical idol and my top 5 list could have easily been Neil Young songs. His music is graceful and never fails to calm my stress.

3. Wheat Kings – The Tragically Hip – It’s the Hip, need I say more? For my American friends who have no idea who the Tragically Hip are, please start at the album “Up To Here” and continue on from there.

4. MoneyGrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums – I have no idea what it is about these guys but every time I put this song on, I find myself drumming and singing at the top of my lungs. That means they are doing something right!

5. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town – Pearl Jam – Last but certainly not least, this song has been a staple in my top 5 songs since the day I heard it. The first time you belt out the line “Me you wouldn’t recall, for I’m not my former”, you will be hooked like I was.

That’s it for my summer play list, I hope you enjoyed my selections. You are also invited to head over to the KANETIX blog to vote for your favourite playlist. If you vote before August 23rd, you’ll be entered to WIN $500!

I’m also curious to know, What are YOUR Top 5 Summer Driving Songs?

Can’t Find a Better Caaaaaaaarrrr!

Ford Escape

I know, I know, Eddie would freak out if he saw his lyrics being used in this manner. There is a point to it though, so I ask that you let me make it before getting upset. I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape for a week to see what I thought of it.

My first impression was that I wasn’t sure about the colour that had been chosen for me. The baby blue seemed a little flashy and anyone who knows me, would know that I do not like to draw attention to myself… Honestly, Ford offers an amazing variety of colours for their vehicles and this one suited me just fine.

There was so much to love about this Escape that it was tough to give it back at the end of the week. My 4 year old son said it best when he proclaimed, “I don’t want to go in the black car anymore, I only want the blue one!” It has a beautiful design and the interior is spacious and extremely comfortable. One of my favourite features is the hands-free lift gate. Check out this video (not of me) to see what I’m talking about and you’ll get why it is so cool.

The other thing that impressed me was the fuel economy. With their new EcoBoost engines, you get up to 5 mpg better fuel economy than you used to. Speaking of fuel, my Escape had a feature on the dash that let you know how many more km’s you had left before you needed to fill up. Being a poker player, I obviously had to test out the accuracy of this feature! Unfortunately, I chickened out when it got down to 12km and filled up the tank. Next time!

48km to go and no gas station for at least 35km. Scary.

48km to go and no gas station for at least 35km. Scary.

In the end, as someone who hasn’t had a chance to get that new car smell in a while, the 2013 Ford Escape suited all the needs that I am looking for in a family vehicle and I was sad to have to let it go. As for Eddie Vedder, one of my favourite things about this vehicle was the MyFord Touch system, which featured a touch screen GPS and Sirius radio. I found the 24/7 Pearl Jam station the first day and never changed it again. Sorry Eddie, but I’m not that sorry.

24/7 Eddie Vedder = Music Heaven

24/7 Eddie Vedder = Music Heaven