My daughter, Marie, is in a residential school, out-of-state.  I drive the hour and a half to see her at least once a week, sometimes twice.  If you have read my book, you know that I HATE to ride.  (I spent my childhood zig zagging across the country.) Driving is no better, and I need to focus or I will fall asleep.

Talking books on tape used to keep my attention for the ride, but taped books are getting harder and harder to find.  Music has become my new listening alternative.  Not just ANY music…noooooooo….only the rock music of my youth; Proud Mary, Sweet Caroline, Born to Run, Papa was a Rolling Stone….   Of course when one hears this music, one’s body can’t help but “dance” to the beat and one’s mouth HAS to sing along, and I am no exception.  The fact that I am in a van somewhat limits my moves, but not altogether.  While driving down the straight highway at 55 miles per hour, (the fastest my 2002 van can manage,)  I can safely swing and wave my arms, (alternately, of course,) bounce, tap and kick my left leg, twist at the waist, and move my shoulders, and do so with great veracity in time to the music.  I have found this new driving routine to be loads of fun helping to both pass the time AND exercise!  Although I am not self-conscious, and the stares from others would not bother me,  I am so busy looking at the road that I don’t see them! Reality comes into play every time a tractor trailer truck drives by because our seats are at the same height.  I am sure that the driver is mortified at the sight of me, as I am no substitute for the sexy young woman for whom he was looking, but what sexy young woman would be driving a huge old old, rusty van like mine anyway?

As the summer approaches,  I will be singing with the windows down because the vans air conditioning met an untimely death last summer.  Most people DO have air conditioning and thankfully (for them) their windows will be closed and the buzz of the air conditioning will drown out any ear shattering notes coming from my van.

If you see me doing my “moves like Mick Jagger” on the highway, I will be too busy driving and exercising to see YOU. However, if you happen to see a somewhat middle aged woman, hair wild and wind blown, climb her way down from the seat of a very old, high van seat, and she has skinny arms, a skinny left leg, tiny waist but a big butt and plump right leg, smile and wave because that would be me….


Link to my book

The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane

Link to the Readers Digest review of my book:




Comments on: "I Get All of My Exercise in the Driver’s Seat of My Van" (54)

  1. I think I have seen you…. LOL……I love audiobooks and I sing too 🙂

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez said:

    When you think about it, most people drive while ‘dancing’ or tapping out the rhythm on their steering wheel. Perhaps listening to NPR interviews and discussions could bring us all back to earth. 😀

  3. Reblogged this on fiverrearn.

  4. I’m the same way! My sister and I love to drive with Pandora blasting and letting the music be our guide. Our favorite station is ’90s boy bands.’

  5. I would enjoy a ride with you; well, maybe, if you had airconditioning 🙂

  6. You are a very talented person – I don’t like to be seen dancing and singing in the car, so I invented butt-dancing while driving. The top half of your body stays completely still, but the bottom half goes crazy to the songs. It’s kind of like a reverse mullet – all business up top, all party down below.

  7. What joy you brought me, this rainy, dark morning! . . . . . Namaste. . . Anne

  8. You crack me up!

  9. Have you tried audible books? They can be downloaded and played on android or IPhones and there’s even an iPad app now! I listen to these all the time. They are available for kindle as well. It’s easiest to listen on your smart phone and buy a cheap transmitter at Radio shack or on amazon. A membership is usually around $15 a month which gives you a book a month.

  10. Penny at Mom Rants and Comfy Pants said:

    My son used to be mortified at the sight of me dancing while behind the wheel. But now that he is almost driving age, I think he gets it.

  11. Best part about it…my kids are singing along when they are with me!!

  12. Very humorous and reminds me of that same “era” with probably the same moves!

  13. I dance all the time! I’m sure people think I’m absolutely nuts, but I’m OLDER so considered eccentric. I dance hula and I practice all my songs while driving…I mean what else would you do in the car? So my hands are usually up in the air, my butt is swaying (thankfully no one sees this part) and I’m singin’ at the top of my lungs. I don’t like AC so my windows are always down. I guess I should be thankful I live in a rural district and don’t have to navigate a highway.

    • Sounds like I have a comrade in dancing!
      I could never sway my butt, (I don’t have the coordination.) Now the hula hands I COULD do, but that just doesn’t fit in well with my music choice!

  14. sing like nobody can hear and dance like nobody can see. 🙂

  15. Now, I love road tripping….and part of the experience is selecting my road-trip jams! It keeps me awake and allows me to let loose while on those long flat freeways that you can experience while driving in Ohio. So my hats off to you!

  16. If you just stop and listen, you may hear more hoots and hollers than you initially thought., especially when it’s windy:). The brain is powerful! If you envision whistles and shouts instead of birds and trucks passing by, you can really boost your self esteem:). Happy summer!

  17. I call this car dancing and enjoy embarrassing my kids while doing it. Now I can just say that I’m exercising 🙂

  18. Oh my word! We might be twins separated at birth !!
    My daughter sent me a photo of a bumper sticker that said “Caution: Singing Driver” b/c she knows I dance while singing/driving, too!

  19. My mom always “van danced”. I thought it was hilarious, but usually joined in. I found and still find myself doing the same thing since I’ve been driving myself. My little ones think it’s great. 🙂 Thankfully, I don’t care who’s looking, either. I’ve caught folks staring (and sometimes laughing) many times. LOL

  20. LOL:-) I love to dance while I drive too – when I’m the only one in the car that is. A very effective, creative and fun way to stay awake at the wheel!

  21. Your blog is very funny and touching! Gill and I have been nominated for the Very versatile Blogger award and are including your blog in our list of favorite reads. Well done and keep writing…it’s great therapy, isn’t it?!

  22. I love this! I don’t make long trips like you, but with all of the appts I spend most of my time in the car 🙂 luckily my son doesn’t seem to be bothered by the noise!

    • My kiddos hate it if I do anything at all to embarrass them, so I only do it in the car rides out of state. That is when I really need to stay awake anyway!

      • My five year old daughter is constantly telling me to stop singing … my son is nonverbal and just basically rolls with it! he only cries when I am really out of tune 🙂 he’s only 15 months so plenty of time for him to get embarrassed!

  23. And here I thought I was the only wild road dancer! My children, who are four and one, think it is funny now. So sorry for them when they are 16 & 13, and mama is still dancing in her seat like it’s a disco in the car. 🙂 as always, I love reading your posts.

  24. You are SO funny !! If that were me and I had my adult son in the car…. My kids both used to out their hands over my mouth when I sang–even in church–and I didn’t sing loudly. A joyful noise is the best I can do, LOL. I’d LOVE to see you driving along, it would make my day.

  25. You go girl, you go! Keep on going.

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  28. You are incredible!

  29. LOL Oh my goodness I love you – what a joy to imagine you happily singing and grooving down the highway ❤ 😀 ❤

  30. I do the same thing! Granted, my music is nothing older than 1995 but its still a liberating feeling every time you lose your sense of awareness for others watching. Keep rockin’

  31. I used to do butt crunches and using my water bottle like those in my nursing home exercise classes! I am a big mover to the music!

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  33. Pastor Roland Ledoux said:

    I wish they had a LOVE button instead of a like button or at least one that gave multiple likes!!! God bless for the fun and smiles, I mean it sincerely!!

  34. Hihihi… I think that’s a cool sight to see..
    Middle-aged woman excercising in her driver’s seat.. 🙂

    i think people need to do this if living in a city like Jakarta..
    The traffic here made people go crazy 🙂

  35. Love it!! Keep dancing..

  36. awesome! i love to “dance” in my car. it’s one of my personal types of “therapy” haha, but i suppose it’s a little different for me because i love to drive. keep on dancing! 🙂

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