Longer than an hour's drive to work?

I'd constantly be ticked off at the world if I were in his situation.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
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.
If I had a longer commute, I'd buy foreign language tapes or CDs.
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If I had a longer commute, I'd buy foreign language tapes or CDs.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
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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Public transportation? I can do an hour on a train or bus but driving that far makes me homicidal.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers

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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Last edited by auntnett; 09-29-2009 at 02:02 PM.
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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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!
Originally Posted by likethegum
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.
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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.
Originally Posted by medussa
I know this is not helping but.. shoot me now. I feel for your husband.
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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.
Podcasts are great, too. It reminds me of talk radio, but you get to choose exactly what you want to listen to.
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.

Those of you who are doing your hair and makeup in the car scare me.
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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.
The Griffin iTrip is a piece of crap. I pulled it out last night and when I attached it to my husband's ipod, it didn't power up. So, the iPod idea is off the table for now. He listened to the Yankee game last night (I think that's what he told me), so the drive was better.

LAwoman, my husband does have remote access but there's no possibilty of him working from home on a regular basis.

Commuting to work by car is a different animal, for sure. And when it's a long commute, it really sucks. But we're just really grateful that my husband is employed. We know so many people who are unemployed right now and it's scary. My good friend's husband is unemployed and his severance is running out. She's a wreck right now. I think that if this were a different economy and the jobs at my husband's level were plentiful, he'd wait for the perfect job to come along. The reality is that pickings are slim and this job is a great stepping stone for my husband, so we need to make this time managable for him.

My driving time is about an hour each way, if I have to drop off/pick up the kiddos. Otherwise it's about 30 minutes. Spending that much time on the road really does wear me out, even though it seems like you're just sitting the whole time and it shouldn't be tiring.

I usually listen to NPR or music CD's. Listening to language lessons sounds like a great idea too.
Those of you who are doing your hair and makeup in the car scare me.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves

Only sitting dead still at traffic lights!
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Those of you who are doing your hair and makeup in the car scare me.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves

Only sitting dead still at traffic lights!
Originally Posted by auntnett
LOL, yea who actually does it with the car moving?? Sometimes if I'm in a rush I might have to at the McD's drive through.
Those of you who are doing your hair and makeup in the car scare me.
Originally Posted by Lotsawaves

Only sitting dead still at traffic lights!
Originally Posted by auntnett
LOL, yea who actually does it with the car moving?? Sometimes if I'm in a rush I might have to at the McD's drive through.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Last week as I drove my sister to the airport, I looked over and in the left lane, some woman was texting while driving. We were going 60mph! I quickly moved away from her.
Is your husband driving a newer car? If so, take it to the dealership and have them install an ipod integration kit. I had one put in when I bought my car and love it! You can also have them put in at Best Buy and places like that but it was easier for me to have it done when they were doing everything else. I don't know how much it costs but can't imagine it's too much. Whatever it is, it is so worth it.


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