Commuter Tips #2: Avoid Rush Hour
It’s such an obvious way to improve your commute, yet the fact that streets and trains are packed every rush hour shows that few people manage to find an alternative. What are the viable options other than moving or getting a new job? Make your commute happier:
- Ask for a 1 hour shift in the time you start and end work.
- If your company has satellite offices that are closer to your home, see if you can work there sometimes.
- Drive in before the crowds, and create a constructive pre-work ritual for yourself, such as exercising, eating a leisurely breakfast, running errands.
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Commuter Tips #3: Avoid Stop-and-Go Traffic
Make your daily commute more pleasant by taking a longer or more scenic route. It’s better if the traffic flows smoothly and you avoid lots of lights. For most of us, no form of driving is as stressful as trying to move quickly on crowded roads.
Commuter Tips #4: Lose the “Race” Mentality
All that weaving, darting and surging rarely gains you more than a few minutes, but at a huge price to your stress levels (not to mention the extra wear and tear on your car and lower gas mileage). Drive calmly, without abundant lane changes or speed surges, and your commute will become so much more pleasant. It can help to play classical music in the car to avoid getting road rage.