How Much Commute is Too Much?
March 8, 2018 | Barb Huntley

Do you have a long haul to the office? Are you debating whether you are in it for the long haul? We’ve done some research on commute times in America and it’s time to assess if your long commute is too long for you.

The current average commute time in America is 25 minutes one way, roughly 1-hour round trip. If your commute is more than that you might start to feel the effects of the long haul. All that extra time is spent sitting, sometimes in traffic, sometimes on boring roads, and sometimes in terrible weather. We hope your seat is comfortable! While you can do productive things during that time such as listen to podcasts, learn a language, catch up on the news; that time takes away from time that could be used towards working out, social activities or family time.

When considering your commute time it’s important to factor in the cost of living where you are plus the time spent in the car and cost of gas compared to the cost of living if you lived closer with less of a commute. We realize that people live further away because of the cost of living of an area but it’s important to consider your mental and physical health as well as gas money when deciding on where you live and work. If you don’t notice the long hours of commute affecting your daily life that’s fine, continue your drives. If you start to see side effects like irritability, tiredness, lack of motivation for daily tasks, it could be time to reconsider your commute.

There’s no right or wrong answer to our question: How much commute is too much? It’s up to you to decide if your long drive is having a negative effect on your life outside of work.
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