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Longer than an hour's drive to work?

medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
What do you do to stay energized in the car? I never realized that commuting that long could make someone so tired. We're into month 3 and I can already see how draining it is.

Any tips besides, "get a new job?" ;)
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  • hmkennyhmkenny Posts: 1,409Registered Users
    Books on tape? A friend of mine swears by them. She says it keeps her mind off of all the negative stuff associated with traffic and makes her feel engaged so she doesn't give in to road rage. When I was driving to work, if I had a good CD to listen to it kept me relaxed. Do you have your iPod plugged into your car? That might help. Less stressful driving conditions might help you to feel less drained and more energized.

    I just recently got laid off after the past 11 years of driving more than an hour to work. Now, when I drive a similar route I realize how much I don't miss the stress of driving so far to work. I'm focusing on locations much closer to home.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    What do you do to stay energized in the car? I never realized that commuting that long could make someone so tired. We're into month 3 and I can already see how draining it is.

    Any tips besides, "get a new job?" ;)

    Books on tape? That might not work for me because I would get involved in the story and not pay attention but it might work for you. Talk radio?

    Can you alternate your route?
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Move. :)

    There's no way I could do that. Thirty minutes is my max, and that's THE MAX.

    My husband had a 35 minute commute in his last job. He lived on books on CD. And coffee.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    I usually get coffee before I get on the highway. That helps the most. Good music also helps. I have XM/Sirius and lots of gym type CDs. Talking on the phone helps me a lot but most people are already at work when I'm driving in.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    If I had to drive to work I'd probably invest in a lot of audiobooks and satellite radio.
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    For most of the past 30 years I've had an hour+ commute. I have a couple of entertaining radio shows that I listen to, and in the mornings I usually put my eye makeup on and finish my hair at traffic lights :oops: . I can get out of the house and on the road earlier by doing this so that the commute's not quite as long as it'd be if I left a little later. I'm also sipping my one Diet Coke of the day to help wake myself up.

    In the afternoon, I often stop somewhere along the way, breaking it up so that I don't notice how long it is (Sally's, drugstore, Target, to pick up something for dinner, etc.). I also don't go the same route all the time. I have several different ones that I can use, so that helps, too.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    Hubby likes to listen to talk radio... :sleepy4::sleepy2:
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    My aunt does audio books. She gets them from the library!
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  • fuzzbucketfuzzbucket Posts: 996Registered Users
    I listen to NPR or podcasts on my iPod. My commute is 45 minutes, without traffic. I have adjusted my work hours so I can work 7-3 and commute during slightly off-peak times.
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  • YolyCYolyC Posts: 3,758Registered Users
    Another vote for audio books.

    Instead of spending money on them, try your local library. One of my days consists of driving to all the stores. It's usually 4.5-5 hours of driving around. It makes my day go by much faster.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    Public transportation? I can do an hour on a train or bus but driving that far makes me homicidal.
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  • SurlycurlySurlycurly Posts: 156Registered Users
    My morning commute is anywhere from 45 mins-1 hour depending on traffic, and radio/CD's usually help me.
  • SpunkyCurlsSpunkyCurls Posts: 1,523Registered Users
    My drive is anywhere from 25mins (with perfect conditions) to 1.5 hours (rain, multiple accidents, etc) and the only thing that helps me out tons is my iPod with something that really interests me. Music, podcast, something that keeps my mind off of the monotony of the drive. I have a few driving mixes.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    PH, moving might be a possibility. We'll know more by next summer.

    Audio books from the library is a great idea. I gave my husband two audio books but they were both boring, he said. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    My husband already travels off-peak hours. He leaves at 4:50am to hit the gym before work (gym is two floors above him) and he leaves the office at 6:30pm. On a good night, he's home within 75 minutes. But if it rains or there's an accident, his commute can be up to 3 hours or more.

    MrsP, commuting by train would be 75 minutes into Manhattan, then another 45 minutes on another train. It's just not feasible at all.

    I'm going to suggest satellite radio. I got a call from XM/Sirius with a $4/month offer for 6 months. I also have the iTrip, so maybe listening to one of his many playlists would help too.

    Thanks for the suggestions and commiseration. I feel so bad for the guy. He's so tired when he gets home. But he's not the first nor the last person to travel far for work. I think it'll just take time to get used to.
  • helloitsiohelloitsio Posts: 1,369Registered Users
    Surlycurly wrote: »
    My morning commute is anywhere from 45 mins-1 hour depending on traffic, and radio/CD's usually help me.

    My commute is 1 hour on a good day and up to two on a bad day.

    My favorite radio show, CDs and the fact that I carpool most days helps out a lot!
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    At least he's not driving a stick, right? lol :joker:
    What does hubby like...how about some accounting stuff? :laughing2:
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  • YolyCYolyC Posts: 3,758Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »

    Audio books from the library is a great idea. I gave my husband two audio books but they were both boring, he said. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    Sign him up for goodreads.com

    He could choose a genre and read reviews for books to see if it interests him. I have something like 20 on my to read list.
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    My husband commuted around an hour each way for two years. He carpooled the first year so he only had to drive once a week. He also worked from home one day a week the entire time. Is either an option?

    He's gone a lot during the day. I am sure that is tough on you.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    PH, moving might be a possibility. We'll know more by next summer.

    Audio books from the library is a great idea. I gave my husband two audio books but they were both boring, he said. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    My husband already travels off-peak hours. He leaves at 4:50am to hit the gym before work (gym is two floors above him) and he leaves the office at 6:30pm. On a good night, he's home within 75 minutes. But if it rains or there's an accident, his commute can be up to 3 hours or more.

    MrsP, commuting by train would be 75 minutes into Manhattan, then another 45 minutes on another train. It's just not feasible at all.

    I'm going to suggest satellite radio. I got a call from XM/Sirius with a $4/month offer for 6 months. I also have the iTrip, so maybe listening to one of his many playlists would help too.

    Thanks for the suggestions and commiseration. I feel so bad for the guy. He's so tired when he gets home. But he's not the first nor the last person to travel far for work. I think it'll just take time to get used to.

    He's a better man than I, because I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't even have looked at jobs that far away without the intent to move within about three months. I can't imagine what his quality of life is going to be by next summer. I'd constantly be ticked off at the world if I were in his situation.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »
    I'd constantly be ticked off at the world if I were in his situation.

    Yea that is hard, 3 hours with bad traffic? My max in traffic is an hour and a half which doesn't happen too often but I am beyond frustrated when that happens.
  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    If I had a longer commute, I'd buy foreign language tapes or CDs.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    If I had a longer commute, I'd buy foreign language tapes or CDs.

    Foreign language CDs is a good idea. My dad taught himself Italian and was starting on Spanish (he was an over the road truck driver).
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    mrspoppers wrote: »
    Public transportation? I can do an hour on a train or bus but driving that far makes me homicidal.


    Unavailable without at least three transfers, making it over 2 hours each way, not to mention that since I often arrive and/or leave in the dark, I wouldn't do it where I work!

    I listen to self-improvement tapes, etc. at times, but my intentions are usually better than my execution.

    Car pools are great if you can find someone with your hours and location - both of mine are too weird.

    The drive really beomes rote after a while, and you don't think that much about it - at least that's the way it is for me after all these years.
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  • likethegumlikethegum Posts: 494Registered Users
    I drive for a living, so I'm behind the wheel around 10-11 hours a day. I agree with books on tape, as well as informative radio shows, good music (singing a long is a great way to stay alert) and coffee. Talking to people is also an excellent way to stay alert, have you considered carpooling? I've never thought of learning a language, but that's a great idea! I could probably know several by now if I'd thought of that when I started this job!
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    likethegum wrote: »
    I drive for a living, so I'm behind the wheel around 10-11 hours a day. I agree with books on tape, as well as informative radio shows, good music (singing a long is a great way to stay alert) and coffee. Talking to people is also an excellent way to stay alert, have you considered carpooling? I've never thought of learning a language, but that's a great idea! I could probably know several by now if I'd thought of that when I started this job!

    My dad said the best ways to stay awake while driving were to drink a lot of coffee, to roll the windows down on cold days, and to have to go to the bathroom REALLY BADLY. :D
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  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    PH, moving might be a possibility. We'll know more by next summer.

    Audio books from the library is a great idea. I gave my husband two audio books but they were both boring, he said. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    My husband already travels off-peak hours. He leaves at 4:50am to hit the gym before work (gym is two floors above him) and he leaves the office at 6:30pm. On a good night, he's home within 75 minutes. But if it rains or there's an accident, his commute can be up to 3 hours or more.

    MrsP, commuting by train would be 75 minutes into Manhattan, then another 45 minutes on another train. It's just not feasible at all.

    I'm going to suggest satellite radio. I got a call from XM/Sirius with a $4/month offer for 6 months. I also have the iTrip, so maybe listening to one of his many playlists would help too.

    Thanks for the suggestions and commiseration. I feel so bad for the guy. He's so tired when he gets home. But he's not the first nor the last person to travel far for work. I think it'll just take time to get used to.

    I know this is not helping but.. shoot me now. I feel for your husband.
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  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    Medussa,
    I also commute over an hour. The traffic is unpredictable. Most days its 70 minutes but if there is an accident, yup up to 2 hrs easy. No traffic is 50 minutes but that is rare holiday that I have to work ( MLK, etc).

    What I do the most is talk on the phone. I call my parents almost every day. It saves me time because I use to talk to them almost everyday anyway but I was just sitting at home. It really goes quick. Or I listen to the news. Never had audio books but will look into it.
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    Podcasts are great, too. It reminds me of talk radio, but you get to choose exactly what you want to listen to.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    I commuted for 1.5 hours one way for 4 years. I would listen to Howard Stern in the mornings and Tom Leykis at night. Music didn't do it for me. I would also blend up a protein shake to drink in the mornings. I guess others would enjoy a Starbucks drink.

    I can't do the audio books, because when I start reading/hearing a book, I can't stop until it's done.

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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    Oh wow, that sounds rough. I don't know what kind of position he has or if it's possible, but is working remotely an option for him? Many people where I work in DC work out of their homes 2-3 days per week, and only have to commute the alternate days.

    If that's not an option--yes, the audio books.
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