December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For many drivers in the Washington D.C. metro area, commuting to work and spending a few hours in traffic is part of their daily routine. USA Today reports that in 2012, drivers in the U.S. spent approximately 42 hours every year sitting in traffic
. During rush hours when congestion on freeways increases, the influx of vehicles on the road can add 15 percent more time to a driver's commute, delaying them from getting home to their families or to work.
Traffic congestion in Washington D.C.
Recently, INRIX, an organization that analyzes and provides traffic information, released the top ten U.S. cities with the worst traffic on its 2012 Traffic Scorecard. The data collected looked at each city in terms of how much time traffic and congestion added to a driver's commute. According to this report, Washington D.C. came in ninth place out of the ten cities in the country with the worst traffic and is just behind New York in terms of cities where drivers have the longest commute.
In Washington D.C., the typical commute time for a driver is 34.5 minutes. Although approximately 14.8 percent of residents commute using public transportation, the large number of people living in the D.C. metro area contributes to the length of time people spend sitting in traffic.
Sitting in traffic can be frustrating, but it can also have several negative consequences on the health and safety of drivers. Sitting in traffic brings out primal instincts in drivers that may cause them to be more aggressive and stressed while driving, says CNN.
Surviving a long commute
A recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in partnership with Audi explored the effects of driving in city situations and how these driving situations impacted driver's stress levels. Researchers found that city driving is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have and the level of stress drivers experience while driving in city traffic may be similar to the stress of skydiving.
Drivers that make a long commute on a daily basis can do several things to minimize the amount of stress they experience while commuting. Drivers can:
- Take control over their commuting situation by considering other modes of transportation such as biking, taking the bus or carpooling.
- Look at commuting as a time of peace where they are free of other obligations.
- Spend the time in silence focusing on personal thoughts.
- Listen to classical or more relaxing music.
- Use the time as a way to unplug from the stresses of email, phone calls and checking email.
By following these tips, commuters may find that their time spent getting to and from work every day becomes more purposeful and relaxing.
However, spending ample time in traffic every day also puts drivers at risk for being involved in a traffic-related accident. If you were in an accident while you were commuting, contact an attorney that can help you fight for your legal rights and obtain necessary compensation for the accident.
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