Back in college, I’d occasionally have to drive between Rhode Island and my home up near Boston. Towards the end of school, I’d acquired a 1985 Nissan 300ZX. It was the non-turbo version, but it could still just about hit 130 mph. I know this because of one of the times I hit play on the song “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Something about that song causes a reaction in my brain that in turn makes my right foot assert more pressure.

Pedal pressure begets engine speed. Engine speed begets wheel speed. And if you’re not careful, wheel speed begets traffic violations. And it all starts with that dive into the solo section of “Freebird”.

Do you have any songs that do something similar to you? Or do you have a chill-out song that is perfect for a calm cruise? What’s your favorite driving song?

Mine happens to make me drive faster… and lord knows, I can’t change.