how to survive long commute

Every workday, millions of people with a long commute ahead of them feel stressed before they ever get to the office — and they can pay a steep price for a drive or ride that leaves them feeling strained.

According to new research from Robert Half, 50% of the 2,800 workers surveyed said traveling to and from the office is stressful. In addition, professionals said they spend an average of 48 minutes commuting each day, and nearly one in five respondents said their travel time exceeds an hour.

Katie Acosta, a director in marketing communications who works for a technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area, has what is considered an extreme commute — defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as taking more than 90 minutes to travel to work, each way. Acosta drives two hours to and from her office, for a total of four hours a day, five days a week. 

You think you’ll get to work faster if you constantly change lanes and speed past your fellow drivers. But how much time do you really save in the end — and at what cost?

If you do the math, you might be surprised. You’ll probably find you’ve significantly increased the wear and tear on your car — and frayed your nerves — just to get to work only a few minutes quicker.

You can’t control other drivers, but you can control what happens inside your car. For some, blasting rock or rap music makes traffic more bearable. Maybe for you, it’s Mozart, waves crashing on a beach or the silence to entertain your own thoughts.

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