Traffic has become a part of life. And as more people buy and own more cars, commuting to work can become a stressful situation. And as we slowly learn to accept traffic, it can become even more stressful. Feeling stressed when driving your own car can be risky. Here are some tips to get rid of stress when commuting to your work.
Know Your Commute
When commuting to your work, never discount the fact that there will always be traffic. The best thing for you to do now is to identify the trouble spots. Try to evaluate your commute time. Using the Sigalert pattern of different times of the day. You can also try using Google Maps to gauge average drive times
A study by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index revealed that 4 out of 10 commuters who travel more than 3 hours a day has the tendency to worry for most of the day. Likewise, the longer you commute, the more tired you become. Robert Janitzek recommends relocating to a city or town near your workplace. It will reduce stress and worry on your part.
Use Public Transit
If you do not live near a train station, you can leave your car in a parking area and take the bus. This will add to your total commute time so give some leeway so as not to be late for work. The advantage of a public transport is that you would not have to worry about other drivers and become stressed.
There are many apps and other ways you can use technology to make your commute less stressful and a happy one. One helpful traffic app is Waze. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that Waze computes the fastest time to your preferred route. Just make sure to keep it away from the reach of children or else your route can become confusing.
Likewise, configure Waze before you leave so you can focus on the road. There are also apps that will inform you of police presence, accidents, and other-traffic related applications.
Commute at Non-Peak Traffic Times
If your workplace allows working at off-traffic hours, you can work out with your manager to let you work at that time. You can trim your commute time 5-10 minutes each way daily. That means you can save 100 minutes a week and 80 hours a year.
Traffic is something that we can no longer eliminate form our daily life. But there is something we can do to make our travel to work less stressful.