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Commuter Check: Car Windows

Commuting to work can not only drain you, but it can be bad for your health — specifically your lungs. Researchers from the University of Southern California found that car commuters in high-traffic cities are exposed to up to almost half the air pollutants they encounter in one day during their drive to work, which only takes up six percent of their day. Because of this, it is recommended if you commute via car that you keep your windows rolled up and use the recirculating air feature. This will help minimize your exposure to pollution. A better solution would be to take mass transit (a train is better than a bus) or bike to work on streets with less traffic. How do you get to work?


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I drive to work on a 2-lane country road. In the summertime, I drive with the windows down so I can get some nice fresh air. I just have to be careful that I don't get sunburnt or anything like that.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
bus. but only because i can't afford train. when i get a better paying job i'll be taking trains and the tube only.
Feesje Feesje 8 years
I either bike to the train station (10 minutes) or I take the bus (15 minutes), then I take a 20 minute train and then a 2 minute walk. Sometimes I have to go by car and that takes me at least an hour and a half with all the traffic...
michlny michlny 8 years
I walk to work (about 40 minutes) everyday but I sometimes wonder about all the traffic, buses, trucks etc. I walk near on the city streets.... (NYC)
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
Unfortunately, there is no mass transit available between where I live and where I work and it's too far and treacherous for me to bike, so I have to take a car. What bothers me is that my car doesn't have the recirculating feature. I don't know why they skimped on this feature, and now I know in the future to look for this in cars. I always thought it was standard.
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