How to Beat Rush Hour Traffic

rushhourtrafficRush hour occurs Monday through Friday, from about 6:30 – 10am, and 5 – 7pm every week. You drag yourself out of bed each morning and haphazardly get ready for work or school. Teeth brushed, hair combed, clothes looking sharp. What a feat you’ve achieved already! You pump yourself up and grab your keys to hit the road and have a great productive day, only to get in the car and be met with the unforgiving bumper-to-bumper traffic of rush hour. The frustration kicks in, the car next to you cuts you off, the rest of the day is not looking as bright as you thought. Not only is driving during rush hour horribly daunting, it is also very dangerous! According to data reports at the University of North Carolina Research Center, 1 in 4 accidents occur during rush hour. Are we doomed to face the seemingly endless penalties of driving at this terrible time at the beginning and end of our day? Fear not, all you need is a slight change of perspective and a little bit of planning to put this nightmare behind you forever. Follow this step-by-step guide to beating rush hour to have a safe and productive day.

Step 1: Plan ahead – You’re halfway there! Reading this article means that you’re at least somewhat interested in finding a way to overcome rush hour, and taking the time to read this is setting you on your way to success. This article is organized so that if you set aside time to attend to each of the steps, you will be better prepared to get to and from work every day safely and with less stress.

Step 2: Find out when rush hour is where you live – Say you live in Miami and you’ve been leaving to work at 7am. You might look up rush hour for Miami and see that it starts at 6:45am. Plan to leave a half hour earlier and you could be at work in a quarter of the time it took to get there when you left at 7. Buy yourself a coffee and get started early! Maybe you can get done early too and leave before the afternoon rush. A quick Google search will let you know what the general rush hour times for your city are.

Step 3: Know your City – In addition to knowing the rush hour times of your city, it’s also important to know the problem spots in your city. Certain roads are sometimes infamous for being over-congested and prone to serious traffic during rush hour. There are websites that provide information on which roads to avoid when navigating the city. Take a look at this helpful guide by –

Step 4: Carpool – Last but not least, one of the most effective ways to beat and minimize rush hour all together is by carpooling! By carpooling you are reducing the amount of cars on the road, reducing the amount of money you’re spending on gas, and reducing the risk of an accident during rush hour. Find a friend from work who lives close by and come up with a carpool plan. Involve as many people as possible. Every additional person in your car is one less car on the road during rush hour.

Don’t let rush hour ruin your day; make a plan of action today.

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