(WXYZ) — How much time do you spend on the road? A recent study said the average metro Detroiter has a 50 minute commute. That's 100 minutes a day, with 261 working days a year .... that is 26,100 minutes a year! A LOT of time spent on the road!
A study done in the UK revealed that long commutes reduce productivity at work and increase your chances for depression and obesity. Experts say the key is making the time spent in the car valuable to you.
So how do you make the most of your commute? Here are some ideas:
1) Catch up on news
"I like morning radio, specifically Howard Stern," says Michelle Bouchard, who has a 25-minute commute to work.
"I’m usually listening to the news, NPR, just catching myself up," says Luke Voelker. His commute ranges from 30-60 minutes.
2) Listen to music
"Pretty much listening to spiritual gospel music," says Royshawn Sessum, adding that it puts him in the right mainframe to tackle the day. His commute is 30-60 minutes depending on traffic.
3) Listening to a podcast
4) Catching up on phone calls if your vehicle has a hands-free system
"I also use the time to catch up with family and friends on the phone that I haven’t talked to in awhile," says Sessum.
5) Focused silence
"Reflecting on the week and God's plan for me through out the week," helps Voelker prepare for the day, he says.
6) Learn a language
7) Listen to an audio book
Seeing your commute as valued time instead of wasted time goes a long way in improving your mental health and increasing productivity throughout the day!
For those with long commutes, regular maintenance is extra important. Here are a few reminders.
Every month (or more often):
– Inspect oil and coolant levels.
– Check the pressure in your tires.
– Clean the back up camera lens.
Every 3,000 miles:
– Change your oil and oil filter (unless your car manual says you can go longer)
– Check your transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and wipers, tire tread, headlights, taillights and turn signals
Every six months:
– Wax your vehicle
– Check power steering fluid
Every two or three oil changes, have your tires rotated to extend the life of your tires and protect your vehicles alignment.