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Chloe Martell

April 25, 2018

Owning a car 4 min read

Have you ever had that unnerving feeling when you jump into your friend’s car, and there is something not quite right? For a while, you can’t put your finger on it – but then it clicks. There’s no music playing! What?! This strange, quiet atmosphere is something young drivers aren’t quite used to, and often we can’t head off on our journey without having the perfect playlist to go with it. But is it just the younger generation that craves to listen to the sound of anything other than the engine and the passengers? We recently ran a survey of 371 people to find out what they love and loathe about in-car tech. Of course, some sort of music entertainment system had to come up. We found out who wants it the most, and who finds it essential to have in their car.

Who doesn’t want their own music in their car?

I mean everyone loves music, right? Bopping along to your favourite tunes whilst driving your own car is something we all dream about from very early on, and it shows. 64% of those we surveyed said they found their music entertainment system very important, and it is in their car already, and 17% saying they dream of having it in their car! But who finds it the most important? Is it the youth of today listening to the latest chart songs, or the older generation – rocking out to AC/DC? Surprisingly, the results were pretty even. Of those who have got a music entertainment system, 64% were between the ages 17-24, and just over half of those who are dreaming of it is also the young ones. It seems we all love having our favourite songs playing whilst we’re on a road trip, but maybe us young uns’ are a bit more reliant on having music playing when we’re behind the wheel!


The best in-car music systems

If your car comes with a music system built in, bonus – right? Many even said that they chose the car they drive because of the tech it has inside. If you’ve already got your car, but you’ve only got a standard FM radio, you don’t need to be stuck listening to the same old music stations day in day out. There are ways to get your own playlists streaming in your car, and it doesn’t need to be a hassle or break the bank!

Playing music from your phone to your car

The development in-car tech means that many cars now how Bluetooth built into them. All you need to do is connect your phone or iPod and your tunes will play perfectly through your speakers. If you haven’t got Bluetooth in your car then don’t worry – there are other ways to get the music you want. Many people pick up an FM Transmitter. This is a small device that you can pick up for around £10 to get your music playing.

FM Transmitter

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  1. Plug the FM Transmitter into your car charger to give it power.
  2. Connect to your phone or MP3 via the headphone jack.
  3. Select an unused radio frequency on the transmitter.
  4. Then select the same frequency on your car’s radio.
  5. Your car stereo will receive the signal, and your music will play seamlessly.

Whether you want your own music playing in your car, or you’re happy listening to radio stations on your road trips – music can make the journey a whole lot better. Just remember that if you are setting up a playlist, you’ve got it sorted before you hit the road. Check out our blog on what our young drivers dream road trips are, and a playlist for the best road trip songs if you’re looking for some inspiration on what you play!

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By Chloe Martell

'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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