Life on the (not so open) road
Curt Rosengren on About Work
How much time do you spend in the car on your commute to and from work? If you're like the general US populace, it's more than it used to be. This article outlines some commute statistics.
Do you put the time to use doing anything (one woman in the article puts her five-hour commute to use for a really, really, really long prayer), or do you just zone until you get where you're going?
- In the most recent U.S. Census Bureau study, 2.8 million people have so-called extreme commutes, topping 90 minutes
- 7.6 percent of U.S. commuters traveled more than an hour to work in 2004, up from 6 percent in 1990.
- The average one-way commute grew by 13 percent to 25.5 minutes between 1990 and 2000.
- In 1990, only in New York state did more than 10 percent of workers spend more than an hour to get to work. Now that situation can be found in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California as well, he said.
- Commuters typically spent 47 hours a year in traffic jams, up from 40 hours a decade earlier, the study showed.
Have you ever calculated how many days of your life you end up spending in the car on your commute over the course of a year (by adding up all the hours)? Take the average commute of 25.5 minutes one way from the point above, for example. Let's say that, with vacation time, holidays, sick days, etc. that someone commutes 5 days a week during 48 weeks per year. Then it's...
51 minutes x 5 days x 48 weeks = 12240 minutes
Which equals 204 hours, or 8.5 days
Something to think about.