Friday, March 03, 2017
 
  • 1. Ride the Bus! You can log in extra work hours on your laptop, reply to emails, read a gripping novel, surf the web, or catch up on some zzz’s. Visit Sun Metro’s website for route information: http://www.sunmetro.net/go10

 
  • 2. Take advantage of Traffic Jam Specials. Satisfy your craving for that cheeseburger on your way home–your stomach will thank you. Avoid the traffic and visit at a Traffic Jam Spot – find deals for food, entertainment, retail, yoga and other services on our website: Find your Traffic Jam Spot

 
  • 3. Stagger arrival and departure times from work. Even 10 minutes makes a big difference in the amount of traffic on the road. Try working an earlier schedule and get out in time to run errands before heading home. Or work a later schedule and sleep in while everyone else is stuck in the morning rush. Don’t forget to use the Metropia app to plan your commute. And remember to enter your travel details into the app BEFORE you hit the road.

 
  • 4. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Audiobooks and podcasts can’t block out the world of gridlock, blaring horns, and frustrated commuters, but they can make your commute more enjoyable. Consider this – sites like Audible.com or even the El Paso Library provide thousands of online books. Or choose a podcast on a favorite topic. Hear some stand-up comedy. Be uplifted by inspirational messages. Whatever you choose, make sure to set it up BEFORE you hit the road. Set your phone up on Bluetooth or hands-free device and start playing your podcast before you hit the gas pedal.

 
  • 5. Be Zen. Learn breathing and calming exercises to reduce anxiety and stress while you’re driving. Two techniques to master:

    • Relaxing breathing: Inhale through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven, then exhale through your mouth to a count of eight.

    • Recite positive affirmations: Use positive thoughts to crowd out negative thoughts. Come up with your own affirmations or find suggestions on sites like http://tinybuddha.com/.

     

 
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    6. Learn something new! Maximize those extra hours stuck in traffic and learn something new every day. Download a language-learning podcast and with 30 minutes a day you’ll be bilingual before you know it. Or listen to free audio lectures from several universities, such as MIT and Yale, who offer free audio lectures on various subjects. Once again, make sure to set your podcast up to start playing BEFORE(!) you start driving.

     

 
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    7. Carpool. Reduce expenses on gas and parking, cut down wear and tear on your car, and hold a meeting with your carpool buddies from the office. Scope out a carpool or vanpool program through the Vamonos Vanpool program. Click here to sign up.

     

     

 
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    8. Keep a snack in your car and avoid the curse of the hangry driver. A few energy bars can fix that! If you forget your snack and need a lift-me-up, try one of our many Traffic Jam Spots.

     

     

 
  • 9. Listen to soothing music. Research shows listening to soothing music, such as classical music, can be relaxing, improve your mood, and reduce stress on drivers. Remember to keep your focus on the road.
 
  • 10. Unplug. Disconnect. Make your drive a time away from work, music, cell phones, podcasts, and enjoy the time alone with your thoughts.

 
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