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Old 09-29-2009, 06:35 AM   #1
 
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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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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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Old 09-29-2009, 06:54 AM   #3
 
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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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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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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.
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If I had to drive to work I'd probably invest in a lot of audiobooks and satellite radio.
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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 . 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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Hubby likes to listen to talk radio...
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My aunt does audio books. She gets them from the library!
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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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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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Public transportation? I can do an hour on a train or bus but driving that far makes me homicidal.
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My morning commute is anywhere from 45 mins-1 hour depending on traffic, and radio/CD's usually help me.
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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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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.
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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!
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At least he's not driving a stick, right? lol
What does hubby like...how about some accounting stuff?
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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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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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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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