This will not come as a shock to you, but commuting to and from work is taking more and more of our time. Congestion on roads and highways cost the nation $121 Billion dollars last year. Here in the Triangle, we're wasting an average of $502 dollars a year sitting in traffic. This information comes from a large study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute [pdf]. Their research shows that, if you don't want to regularly be late, you need to plan on spending 23 minutes in the car for a rush-hour trip that takes just ten minutes in ideal conditions!

Now anyone who has to commute already knows how frustrating it can be to spend a large fraction of your day inching along in traffic just to get back and forth to work. Add in the time spent chauffeuring children, and you might as well live in your car! But, because that's really not a solution, what can you do? Here are a few ideas:

Many employers share your commuting nightmares, and are willing to consider letting some employees work from home on at least a part-time basis. Even one day a week out of the rat race can be a blessing. Companies are also often willing to adjust your work schedule so that you can come in earlier or later, avoiding the worst parts of rush hour.

Sometimes a better route can be the key. It can really pay off to study a map and talk to friends and co-workers about their routes. Sometimes you just can't avoid highways, but maybe there's a faster way to work on surface streets during rush hour. And maybe you can work out a carpool solution where you can share gas costs and driving duties.

And, if you're already considering a move, I can help you find a location that might provide some relief. Perhaps a new neighborhood that provides easier access to you work, to schools and other key locations in your life. Enjoying a fantastic home is even better if you're not spending all your free time stuck in traffic. So, give me a call and let's find the right place for you!

This blog is maintained by Michael of Kim Hughes & Company.
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