28,600 miles, 598 hours, 35,880 minutes, 2,152,800 seconds – that is last year’s grand total of my daily grind to and from work. Little known fact – the circumference of world is 24,902 miles. Yes, I know comparing those facts is just disheartening – I could have travelled around the globe and see the exquisite wonders of the world with those logged hours. Instead, I get to see the vivid black clouds coming out of tail pipes. But I have no choice, I have to do it. It’s to go to work.
If you have not noticed or chose to just watch the Cartoon Network as I have tried several times, we are in a recession – the market still has yet to offer permanent jobs to the unemployed. So that means people are not only working harder and longer but also commuting much further for jobs – just to generate a yearly income like I am. Ignoring cities with a great transportation infrastructure like New York City or London where the car is not the main vehicle…
Let me be the first to tell you that our mutual friend – Traffic aka Gridlock aka Losing $ on gas – Does have an effect on your health and well being! After hearing Dr. David Lewis’ findings recently (the guy who coined “Road Rage”), he got me thinking:
The brain has to work harder →It better or else you will be rear ending someone
Congestion can raise blood pressure → Ever heard of road rage?
Physical tension to your body → Is that why my back hurts?
The sense of wasting one’s life → Don’t tell me this has never crossed your mind
Those who have commuted in a car for long period of times – that thing you feel – stomach cramps, wobbly legs, light headedness and that notion of life is fading is probably Hidden Stress! Not the buffet at Sizzler. I am no doctor, but it has been years since I have been there.
Since I showed you the ill and mental effects of the “wear and tear” – it might be a good idea to provide you with some tips.
I have highlighted a few of them below:
What can you do?
Do not be a maniac → Keep your good manners even if you are in a car
Be calm & breathe → We all are in the same boat – not getting anywhere faster
Get enough sleep → So you can be alert and relaxed
Plan ahead → Google maps traffic is my app and my friend- check alternative routes
Eat/Drink healthy & proper → You never know how long you will be on the road
Do not play the music so loud → You think it correlates to your aggression?
Practice safe driving → That is if you value human life & your car insurance premiums
Alternative methods and suggestions:
Carpool – Saves money and time
Workout/run errands – After work before hitting the freeway – let the traffic die down
Call your mother – Talking on the phone to someone gets your mind off the miserable traffic..but don’t forget to use hands-free device!
Move! – Maybe an option for some and the last resort for others
I have been in traffic in Bejing before and I tell you I could not stand it for that one time in 2007. But what happened over there a few months ago in the “60 mile traffic jam” where people left their cars to catch a break and still there was no movement for hours was just a nightmare.
Seriously, sorry, if you are in that – ignore with what I just said above – I would have just sold my car on the freeway at the T-Dub Stress Free Who Cares Red Tag Special…
… & Walked home and said Peace out A-Town. Oh yeah, if you don’t think traffic is a serious problem, LA and Beijing have recently started discussion on a solution.
Till next time… This Bloke is out