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DECIDING ON AN ACCEPTABLE COMMUTE

Commuting to work is something that almost every worker must go through. Unless you work from home or are lucky enough to work within walking distance to your place of work, then you will most likely find yourself biking, driving or taking public transportation to get to and from the office. The average commute is around 20 minutes but many workers will have to sit in traffic for over an hour each way, five days a week.

When you are looking into neighborhoods one of the things you need to think about other than a structurally sound element like a safe back deck is where your home is compared to your place of work. You also need to decide on an acceptable commute time, whether it is 10 minutes or an hour. This will all depend on how much time you have in the morning and at night and how tolerant you are of driving through rush hour traffic on a daily basis.

Bus, Bike or Car

Commuting can be done in a number of different ways. Many people prefer to drive their own vehicle or a company vehicle to and from work every day. However, it might actually be faster to take a subway, a train or a bus, especially if you are in an area where there is congested traffic. In larger cities some commuters will sit in traffic unmoved for several minutes every morning. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when you look out the window and see walkers and bike riders passing you.

You can also choose to take your bike which is a great way to stay in shape and make the commute a little more exciting. If you cannot bike the whole way there, why not park your car somewhere half way and bike the rest of the way? The good thing about this is that you will not have to go through the city traffic once you arrive at your work place and you will not have to go through the hassles of finding and paying for a parking spot which can often be a nightmare when you are working in a city.

Commuting Made Easy and Enjoyable

Keep in mind that there are several different ways to make your commute a little more pleasant day after day. You may look into joining a carpool with either people that work in your building or people that live on your street or in your complex. This means that you will not have to drive day after day and will be able to relax in the car as often as you drive.

Joining a carpool with three other people means you are only driving 25 percent of the time and this means you are only using a small fraction of fuel costs as well. Furthermore, it also means you will be able to chat and use this commute time as a social time as well. Catch up on the gossip, talk sports or enjoy a comfortable silence while on your way to work.

When you are deciding on an acceptable commute there is no right or wrong time frame. Some people are happy to spend an hour on the subway every morning and will use the time to read a paper, go back to sleep or get some work done. Other people hate the thought of spending more than five minutes in the car each way. Whatever the case, keep your commuting time and tolerance levels in mind when you are looking into different neighborhoods and finding a rental place to call your own.

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