Being stuck in rush hour traffic is never fun; for many Americans, though, it’s just an everyday reality.
You may not be able to completely avoid the standstill traffic in your city, but there are some simple things you can do to redeem that time, or at the very least to keep your cool and mitigate your rush hour stress.
Here are a few tips from the Get My Auto team.
How to Manage in Rush Hour Traffic
- Change your schedule. What happens if you leave your house an hour earlier in the morning? Or extend your workday by half an hour to stave off the worst of the traffic? You might not have that luxury, and it might not make a difference, but it’s at least worth considering that some simple tweaks to your schedule could help you mitigate traffic.
- Know the route. Imagine: Traffic is already moving pretty slow, and then you see that there’s been an accident, or perhaps some road work, just a few miles ahead. It can be enough to make you snap, but if you know the route in advance then you might be able to spot a back way that will get you home pretty quickly. Even if the alternate route isn’t as fast, it may be worth it if it keeps you moving.
- Get into audiobooks. If you’re going to be stuck in traffic, the least you can do is make that time count for something. Why not get caught up on your reading? There are some great audiobook apps, like Audible, that allow you to listen to venerated classics as well as new releases. You might also see if your public library has a way for you to check out audiobooks for free!
- Explore the world of podcasts. Another way to use your time in rush hour traffic is to explore some new podcasts. There’s a podcast for any topic, really, from politics and sports to movies, true crime, and beyond. Take some time to research podcasts that might be of interest to you.
- Be productive. Something else you can try is using voice memo apps to get some work done; this may be as simple as narrating your to-do list for the next day. Every little bit helps, and at least you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something while stuck in your car.
- Drive safely. Above all, just remember to drive safely and defensively at all times. Yes, you may feel frustrated; you may feel impatient; you may feel like you’re in a big hurry to get where you need to be. But the only thing worse than rush hour traffic is getting injured in a car accident. Play it safe and obey the rules of the road, no matter what.
There are plenty of ways to keep your wits about you, no matter how demoralizing the traffic situation. Use some of these tips to make your next rush hour experience a little more bearable.