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Read On For Seven Ways To Eliminate Your Traffic Woes!

By Jerry Jerraldo

Stop-and-go, stop-and-go. Unfortunately, for many of us, that is the name of the game. We sit in the endless rat race that is rush hour, then work, then rush hour again. Unfortunately, if we live in or around the city, it only gets worse. So how can we avoid heavy traffic if we have to drive? Read on for seven tips:

1) Look for backroads.

With our infrastructure, there is always another road to get to where you are going. Sometimes, it is just a matter of moving rather than stopping. Some of us would rather get there slower, but drive on a road where the traffic moves. The key here is to pick a couple of other roads that lead to where you are going. Try them out. If they aren’t adequate, then try some other roads. If nothing else, you are adding a little spice to your drive. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a fantastic little shop or restaurant that you never knew existed.

2) Check the traffic report before you leave.

The morning news nearly always contains a report of local traffic conditions. If there is an accident, road work, or some other incident along your normal route, then take a different one. Or leave a little bit later. Of course, you run into the problem of a time lapse between checking the traffic report and actually getting to your destination, and there may be an incident somewhere in the middle. Also, because traffic reports are meant to reach a wide audience in a limited amount of time, they tend to be general in nature and contain only the major roadways and thoroughfares.

3) Look to technology.

There are a lot of GPS devices out there. Get one with a feature that shows traffic delays in real time. It is amazing how far technology has come. You can actually get traffic reports in real time, meaning that you can decide on the fly whether a route will be jammed, and whether to use an alternative. Not only that, you can search for alternatives through the GPS device, potentially making your drive much easier and less stressful. This solves both the time lapse problem and the generic report problem associated with tip #2.

4) Change your schedule.

With new age technology (wi-fi, mobile devices, laptops, etc.), people have much more flexibility with their jobs. The days of everyone working 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. are over. So if you can get to work a little earlier, then do it. If you can get to work a little later, then do it. The point is to miss the rush hour at one or both ends. That way you can spend a little less time in the car, and a little more time on your work or with your family. It is a win/win situation, if you can do it.

5) Public transportation.

Most towns have some form of public transportation, and most major cities have several. Use the bus, train, or the subway. Often times, the different forms of public transportation are interconnected. For example, if you work in the city and live in a suburb, you can often take the subway into the city, then take the bus to your final destination. Study the routes, and choose the one that is fastest for you. Not only will this eliminate the stress associated with a long commute on busy roads, but it is also better for the environment, as fewer cars equals less pollution.

6) Walk.

Take a stroll. Put on your tennis shoes and walk to wherever you are headed. I don’t advise this if there is three feet of snow on the ground or it is 105 degrees outside, but walking can be very beneficial. You won’t have to sit in the stop-and-go traffic, and you’ll get exercise to boot. Finally, you’ll be contributing to the green movement, by not polluting. The benefits are endless.

7) Relocate.

At some point, heavy traffic is unavoidable. There are just so many cars and so many people. But if all else fails, and you can’t stand the thought of sitting in a traffic jam for one minute, then move. This is a drastic last resort, but is an option nonetheless. Just choose somewhere that doesn’t have any traffic, or you will be back to square one.

Be sure to check out the Pointless Lawyer, a traffic attorney who offers attorney thoughts on just about anything, law related or not.

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