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Road trips are officially in season, and there’s no better way to make the most of your drive time than with a good podcast. Unfortunately, finding a solid show can seem overwhelming since there are so many to choose from. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few recommendations of our favorite shows that will help you stay in the zone – and in the know – when you’re on the road.


Great for automotive experts and amateurs alike, the CarStuff podcast brings enjoyable, and sometimes even unexpected, car conversations to the airwaves. The show is hosted by HowStuffWorks’ very own Scott Benjamin and Ben Bowlin as they explore just about anything that flies, floats or drives. Each hour-long episode investigates industry-related topics, such as “The Surprising History of Jaywalking,” or “What Makes a Sports Car?”. The show does a great job of keeping things interesting, as well as family friendly, making CarStuff a perfect vacation addition.

Under the Hood

Established in 1990, Under the Hood is one of the longest-running car repair shows out there – and for good reason. This informative podcast thrives on listener interaction, and the hosts offer a wealth of information to help listeners fix and care for their cars. The high-energy discussions also keep technical topics sounding fresh and fun. If you’re in the market for a few DIY car-care tips, Under the Hood never fails to disappoint.

The Smoking Tire

The Smoking Tire is a weekly, 90-minute podcast that covers the car industry, travel experiences and hilarious happenings behind the wheel. What makes this program truly shine is the chemistry between hosts Matt Farah, Zack Klapman, Chris Hayes and Thad Brown as they share their collected years of automotive experience. Becaue of their no-holds-barred comedy, The Smoking Tire has become one of the most popular podcasts on the air, and we highly recommend it.


Fans of comedian and radio personality Adam Carolla might be surprised to find out he’s also a total gearhead. His podcast, CarCast, is a great source of technical reviews, guest interviews and witty banter – all delivered with Carolla’s signature sense of humor. Equal parts serious expertise and good humor, CarCast is a great option for solo drivers looking to roll with laughter.


For years, auto enthusiasts have followed Hooniverse for its unique approach to talking about cars. Rather than focus on speed and performance, they seek out the industry’s more obscure rides and highlight topics other shows might overlook. We’d recommend this show if you’re looking for a unique, entertaining approach to car talk.

With hundreds of hours of content to choose from, these podcasts are sure to keep you entertained for plenty of trips down the road. However, smooth listening doesn’t always mean a smooth ride. If an accident should happen, our collision repair experts are all ears – and all hands on deck – ready to restore the rhythm of your life and get you back on the road.