No one enjoys being stuck in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on I-95, but it’s a part of modern life. At some point in the future, our cars will drive themselves. Until then, the best way to deal with the heaviest traffic is to avoid it. Here are five tips that will help you deal with the day-to-day stress of commuting.
Timing Is Everything
Morning and afternoon rush hours cram twenty pounds of flour into a ten-pound sack. When the number of vehicles on the road exceeds the road’s capacity, traffic jams ensue. Making one little change to your commuting routine can save you hours every month. If you leave fifteen minutes before the traffic gets heavy, you’ll sail to work in record time. Be the early bird!
When you drive a route repetitively, you learn about alternative paths, due to the detours that inevitably pop up. While we were dependent on paper maps not long ago, the advent of smartphone-based navigation applications makes it a snap to find alternative routes on the fly. Apps, such as Waze, can use crowd-sourcing for real-time traffic reports and rerouting.
Some Cars Are More Relaxing Than Others
While all cars can’t drive themselves yet, the safety technology in some current models will help make your day-to-day commute much safer and more relaxing. Technologies like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go can be a blessing. Look up and understand your car’s specific safety features on MyCarDoesWhat.org.
Keep a Cool Head
Bumper-to-bumper traffic can be extremely stressful, but you can take measures to alleviate the aggravation. Preparation starts with the right playlist. “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast,” as the saying goes. A favorite beverage and snack can work wonders as well.
A route that takes ten minutes without traffic can take three times as long during rush hour. Sometimes the scenic route can be the fastest route. Try planning a route with fewer traffic lights and stop signs.
Keep calm and drive on!