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#4649853 - 01/29/18 08:14 AM Long commute -- 4+ hours per day
Alfred_B Offline


Registered: 05/12/15
Posts: 1965
Loc: America
Does anyone else have a 4+ hours a day commute (2+ hours each way)?

How do you cope with all that time spent on the road?

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#4649857 - 01/29/18 08:17 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 10015
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
Books on CD or talk radio.
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#4649860 - 01/29/18 08:19 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
opus1 Offline


Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 2497
Loc: Chicago Area
Close...3-4 hours depending on whether the train is on-time or not. And lately it's not.

Sleep. And surfing on my cell phone.
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#4649862 - 01/29/18 08:21 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
pandus13 Offline


Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 3176
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
closest I had was 1.5-2 hours in winter+bad design construction+rush hour

Radio and CDs
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#4649867 - 01/29/18 08:25 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Char Baby]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1487
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
Books on CD or talk radio.


I also listen to audio books .
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#4649868 - 01/29/18 08:25 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21173
Loc: Orlando, FL
They better be paying big $$$$ to spend so much time traveling.

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#4649874 - 01/29/18 08:29 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: Alfred_B
Does anyone else have a 4+ hours a day commute (2+ hours each way)?

How do you cope with all that time spent on the road?


I had a 1 hour each way commute and I spent more of my off time looking for a job 15 minutes from home. It worked and I wound up with a better job! The same pay but no high cost for commuting it was just like getting two raises that year.
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#4649875 - 01/29/18 08:30 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2040
Loc: socal
When I took the metro train in and out of downtown Los Angeles, it was 1-1.5 hours ea way, I mainly slept and listen to music. If you are driving, then audio books may be your best bet. U can also have phone conversations (via Bluetooth or hands free) but only a teenage girl could talk on the phone that long everyday lol
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#4649881 - 01/29/18 08:33 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5766
Loc: Michigan
That is ridiculous! Most I have had is 25 minutes
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#4649889 - 01/29/18 08:43 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
ARCOgraphite Offline


Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11963
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
I had a 33 mile that was my limit. The congested highways killed it. If I could run at 80+ mph it wouldn't be too bad but not these days. I read the general population is up 50 % since I was graduated through high school; It's likely 2X over pop in certain hubs.

No way would I do 4+ hours. I would move if the job is good or forget the job if it just so so.
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#4649910 - 01/29/18 09:05 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4390
Loc: The Midwest
My wife travels a lot for her job. Any commute time after 1 hour per shift is paid time.
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#4649911 - 01/29/18 09:05 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
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Registered: 09/26/10
Posts: 7231
Loc: SE Texas
I am considering a new position at a different company that will significantly increase my commute time. I have two choices--drive or take the bus (I have never used mass transit in the US, only in other countries). For me, when driving, I am either listening to audio books or music. If I choose to take the bus, I will likely write in my novels or catch up on e-mails before I start the day.
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#4649912 - 01/29/18 09:05 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
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Registered: 11/10/13
Posts: 846
Loc: Central Coast California
My Dad did a 220 mile round trip commute for several years. It took a big toll on his health, stress and no sleep is not good. There was a few asleep at the wheel incidents, many dead birds. On the upside he added about 50k per year to his retirement and cashed out just before the dot com crash. Retired at 57 with 100% of his regular pay.
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#4649919 - 01/29/18 09:17 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9090
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I wouldn't drive much farther than my current 40 min and its pretty painless in terms of traffic, so unless it was for a very significant raise or I could work from home a couple days a week, I wouldn't go to much farther. On a nice train it might be different, but I've been on our local commuter train when its been delayed and the regulars weren't too chill about it either.
One of my friends just switched from a 10 minute drive to an hour and ten minute commute into the city and isn't enjoying very much...
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#4649928 - 01/29/18 09:29 AM Re: Long commute -- 4+ hours per day [Re: Alfred_B]
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Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4204
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
I wouldn't commute that far unless it was a significant pay increase, and only for a short time until I could relocate closer to work.

At my previous job I lived about 45 minutes away. My commute was 45 minutes in the morning, but due to 5 neighboring companies and 2 schools getting out at the same time, the commute home was an hour and a half to 2 hours. That got old quick, and I left for another job with better pay.

Traveling for your job is completely different than commuting to your job. I do a fair amount of local travel for my job, but I get paid for mileage, I'm on the clock while driving to the different sites, etc.
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