There’s really nothing like a great book when out on the road. One way to pass the time is to pop on an audio book. It really helps make the hours fly by. While we all have our favorite genres and styles of books, these are all about travel and, more specifically, driving.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

This book has influenced millions of people to simply get in the car and drive. Written by Jack Kerouac in the 1950’s, the book is all about Sal (the main character’s) travels on the open road and while riding the rails. The evolution of the character is what really makes it a must read.

Travels With Charley by John Steinback

Another one of the greatest American writers penned this non-fiction work. Travels With Charley is all about Steinbeck getting into his car with his dog and driving across the country. At the time, there really wasn’t anything more American than driving in an American built convertible with a dog down Route 66.

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

This book isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly interesting and entertaining if the title doesn’t turn you off. If you like Hunter S. Thompson, you’ll like this account of traveling cross-country in a psychedelic school bus with the Merry Pranksters. 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Where do the old gods go when people forget? This novel takes readers all across America alongside Shadow and his new boss. Episodes of the TV adaptation started airing on Starz this year, but the original is well worth a read or listen.

Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon

Maybe you came from a small town, or maybe you come from the city. Either way, as a big rig driver you spend a lot of time on the main interstate. This cross-country trip follows the author down the roads not so often taken. Critics say it’s better than Kerouac. You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Mother Trucker: An Urban Couple Downshifts to Life on the Road by David and Shelley Hamel

The title says it all. Rookie team drivers make the midlife decision to drop everything and see what the trucker’s way of life is all about. According to reviews, lots of people who aren’t truck drivers think it’s great, with some drivers chiming in to say it was funny, too.

If you have a library card, you can probably download audiobooks ranging from nonfiction to the latest bestselling novels for free. When the radio gets boring and silence isn’t golden, books are great entertainment – and if you don’t like any of these, perhaps you’ll be inspired to write your own.