Americans drive an average of 25 minutes to get work. Commutes can be brutal, especially on Friday evenings when everyone on the road is anxious to start their weekend. Here are a few tips to help decrease the stress of your upcoming commute.
- Take mass transit if you can. Since you are not driving you can read a book or newspaper or knit. These activities can help you decompress after your work day. Another plus to mass transit, is that the commute time becomes much more predictable.
- Carpool if you can. Not only will you have some company for your commute, but you can share the burden of driving and the cost of gas money. One less car on the road helps the environment, too.
- If you must drive alone, make sure you have maps in your car and alternative routes planned out if you hit a huge traffic jam. If you can navigate around a section of the freeway that has turned into a parking lot, you will hopefully feel more empowered and less frustrated.
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- Talk to your boss and see if you can work flexible hours to avoid commuting during peak traffic times. Or better yet, see if you can telecommute one or two days a week to lessen your drive time.
- If you find yourself stuck in traffic, be Zen about it. Admit that you are stuck and just go with the flow, or the nonflow as the case may be. Honking your horn and yelling at the stopped cars will not get you to your destination any faster, and chances are it will rile you up, which is so not necessary.
- Travel with water and snacks. There is nothing worse than feeling stuck, dehydrated, and hungry.
How do you deal with your commute? Share in the comments section below.