Comedy Driving’s Methods to Avoid Traffic

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Houston, Texas has recently been labeled as the fifth city in the United States for longest commute per mile. Comedy Driving, a Houston-based defensive driving school, has found its own ways in helping its employees from dealing with traffic and would like to pass its tips along to all commuters and businesses.

There are a few ways to avoid traffic and most of them are pretty simple and involve only one thing: a plan. Many motorists dread traffic because they simply do not plan for it. The reality is that in any urban area there will be congestion on the road way so when a motorist plans their day, they should account for traffic in their travel times.

Timing is one essential factor of traffic, and by leaving early or adjusting the motorists' schedule around the less congested roadway times, a commuter can often change a 30-minute drive time down to a 15-minute drive time. Motorists may think that it would be boring waiting for traffic to stop so a way around that is to find something to do. Gyms are a great way to make the best of a motorist's time while waiting for traffic to die down.

Another solution to avoiding congested roadways is, don’t use them. There are more roads and routes in large cities then just the major interstates or highways. Many Houstonians were stuck in deadlock traffic during the past Hurricane Rita and Ike evacuations because they used the same routes to evacuate. Side roads were often unused and had very little traffic. Just as the old saying goes, it is often better to go the road less traveled. That is definitely true when trying to avoid traffic.

How about doing what Comedy Driving and many big city companies are doing and develop an alternative work schedule? Driving 9 to 5 with every other motorist just makes things worse. That time seems to be the worse congestion everywhere. Employers should offer 10 to 6 schedules to help their employees have a lighter commute. If at all possible, what about a four-day work week to help reduce congestion. A four-day work week means going in earlier during the week or leaving later which translates to a day less with having to deal with traffic and also avoiding the times of the day with higher traffic volume.

Check the television or radio for traffic updates or look online. The radio and the morning news are always filled with information regarding construction on certain areas, accidents and or where the high congestion is for the day. Use that information to an advantage and map a plan around it. Additionally, there are websites online that utilize the traffic cameras mounted on top of the highway traffic night-lights that display the traffic congestion on their highways. This is also a great tool to plan a commute. It’s not necessary to be a part a traffic and avoiding it is easier than most people think.

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Jeffrey Bitner
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