Let’s face it – the worst part of any job is the commute. Whether it’s five minutes or an hour, a bad commute can make or break your day at work, leaving you frustrated and exhausted before you ever set foot in the door.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some ways that you can help avoid traffic (and irritation) to make sure that every day’s commute is smooth sailing.
1. Alternate Your Route
Having multiple ways to get to work isn’t always realistic, but if your drive is substantial, chances are good that somewhere along the way is an alternative route that’s just as viable as driving directly there. Using these alternate routes regularly can be extremely helpful, not only in avoiding potential traffic jams, but also in alleviating the monotony of a long daily drive.
2. Listen to Traffic Reports
More often than not, especially in major metropolitan areas, there are frequent traffic updates on certain radio stations – especially stations that are primarily dedicated to sharing the news. Taking a break from music and podcasts to tune into these stations can keep you alert to major traffic issues and delays before you run into them, and has the fringe benefit of keeping you informed about everything else going on in the world.
3. Use Smart GPS Applications
Technology is a blessing and a curse when it comes to driving – mobile device usage while driving for things like making calls and texting is dangerous and often illegal. But having a mount on your dashboard that allows you to use the GPS features on your phone or tablet can be a big help when it comes to navigating to and from work along a stress-free route. Applications like Google Maps and Waze are popular because they analyze current traffic speeds to predict delays and offer alternate routes. Waze even allows users to report road hazards like potholes and stopped vehicles. Just make sure if you decide to share a hazard that you aren’t doing so while driving.
4. Ditch the Car
Depending on where you live, the best way to avoid getting stuck on the road might be to avoid it altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to become an avid cyclist or runner and arrive at work sweating and out of breath (although the exercise can be very beneficial). Using public transportation (if available) can be an extremely viable alternative to commuting by car, and is also more environmentally friendly.
5. Research Before Moving
Planning to take a new job opportunity or moving closer to work? Make sure to do some research before you commit to a new lease or mortgage – the last thing you want to do is sign the papers before you ever actually try out your new route. Practicing the drive from your new place, especially during the hours that you would normally commute, can make all the difference when it comes to deciding whether a new home or apartment is right for you.