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Philadelphia Traffic: Improving Your Commute

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Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, and it's one of the largest cities on the east coast in America. The population is growing rapidly. According to the 2017 United States Census Bureau estimate, there are over 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia. The population causes heavy traffic during rush hour, which can cause a heavy burden during the work week.

 

There are, however, several things you can do to overcome the difficult commute, which, in turn, can drastically improve your overall work day and work week. Read on to learn about how you can improve your commute.

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You may be able to save time and money if you start commuting around the city using the trains. According to a study, train commuters aren't as stressed and have better moods compared to people who drive to work.

Take the Time to Learn

If you drive to work, consider downloading a podcast or listen to a book so that you can learn something new during your commute. Make use of this time to learn those things that you never feel like you have time to do in your “free time.” This will also help the time it takes to get to work go by much faster!

Avoid Extra Weight

Avoid driving your vehicle around with a lot of extra weight in your trunk. Your vehicle will get better gas mileage if your vehicle weighs less.

Take an Alternate Route

Search for an alternate route you can take to get to and from work. You may be able to avoid heavy traffic.

Buy an Efficient Vehicle

The Honda Civic 2016, Kia Forte LX, Toyota Prius V Three and many other vehicles can save you money on the amount you spend on fuel. The best way to save money on fuel is to purchase a vehicle that's a hybrid or a vehicle that uses an alternative fuel source.

Ride a Bicycle

If you live near your place of employment, riding a bicycle to work may be an option. Bicycling is not only good to cut down time spent in traffic, but is also good for the environment and for your health. Studies show that people who ride bicycles to work take fewer sick days compared to their peers who drive.

Don't Commute Alone

Spending a lot of time alone in your vehicle while driving to work can be boring, and it may cause feelings of isolation and unhappiness. Find someone to share the drive or ride. Carpooling with your coworkers can also help you save money on gas, and is better for the environment.

Maintain Good Posture

Maintaining a good posture during your commute is important because you'll be comfortable. If you aren't driving, you should sit on the edge of your seat with both of your feet flat on the floor. If you're standing on a train or bus during your commute, keep your spine straight.

Listen to Relaxing Music

You may be tempted to listen to music in the morning that will energize you for the day, but you should only listen to relaxing music during your commute. Listening to energizing music in the morning can make a commute more stressful. One survey showed that drivers who listened to heavy metal or loud rock were more likely to experience collisions and engage in road rage.

Leave Earlier

If you aren't a morning person, leaving before heavy traffic begins may not be an option for you, but the best way to avoid heavy traffic is to leave earlier. If your early arrival allows you to leave work early, you'll be able to avoid heavy traffic during your commute home after work as well.

Telecommute

If your job allows you to work from home, telecommute as much as you can to avoid heavy traffic and save money. If your job currently doesn't allow it, suggest the idea to your manager.

Final Words

Long commutes in America are common. The average daily commute in the U.S. is about 25 minutes, and that number has remained the same for years. As you've read, there are many ways you can make your commute enjoyable, and help you feel like it didn't take that long after all.

Dawn Castell is a budding entrepreneur. After graduating with her MBA, she spent a few years working in the CPG industry and a few more working in the business tech industry before she set off to start her own business. She has been consulting with businesses, large and small, on the side ever since.

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