Commuting to work

Commuting to work

 14 Feb 2019

How long does it take you to commute to work?
 
If like me, you have the periodic travel on a daily basis from home to work whether it be by car or public transport the journey can either be quite enjoyable or can be a bit mundane and frustrating taking hours out of your Day.
 
Prior to passing my driving test and getting a car I used to get the public bus to/from work – this was an experience in itself.  I was lucky that the bus service from my local area was quite regular running all day long meaning if you just missed one bus then the next one wasn’t far behind. 
 
I remember walking to my nearest stop and standing out in the cold Monday to Friday travelling from the East End of Glasgow and stopping at almost every single stop all of the way to my final destination in the West End of Glasgow wasn’t the greatest.  Quite often I would be subject to the following experiences such as:
  • Someone sitting beside you taking up too much of your personal space
  • having to request that someone remove their personal belongings so that you could get a seat for the 45minute journey only to be looked at disdainfully. 
  • Having someone sitting near you constantly sniff or even cough into the back of your hair. 
Oh, and then there was the odd person that had to have a mobile phone conversation that you would have no option to listen to for most of the journey unless you had a set of earphones where you could drown them out.  
 
On another note I have to admit it was still sad to see during a busy journey that when there was no seat space there were limited people including myself that would stand up and give an elderly person a seat.
 
Going from this to getting my car and driving was a godsend as all I had to do was jump out of the house and into the car – the downside to this would be was when it was frosty overnight and having to take the time to defrost the car before driving off.  The good thing was it was my car and it was warm and comfortable to get to work in.  There was no stranger to bother me, I could listen to whatever channel I wanted on the radio.  The other downside I suppose was getting stuck in traffic but then you could always try and plan for inevitable delays as you would have regular updates on traffic from the radio and could always try and seek a different route.   Just be careful aswell to look out for other drivers cutting in front of you or those lovely courteous drivers who don’t let you into your cut off lane.
Now going from this to a job in the city where there is limited and expensive parking, it is more feasible to leave the car at the train station and stand in the cold and wait on the train.
 
Going back to my bus experiences the train could be pretty similar however:
  • It is often delayed (but usually only by minutes sometimes more). 
  • Getting on the train when it arrives and overcrowding  - getting packed in like sardines in a tin, ending up with your face in someone armpit in standing space
  • Again the good old I will just save this seat for my friend “the bag” to back to asking “please may I have this seat” and apologising saying “sorry” as if it’s my fault I inconvenienced them and their bag.
The train is quick and usually quite warm therefore is bearable.  At least on the good side I like to think I am helping to add to saving the environment by reducing emissions and increasing my personal fitness by walking to/from the train station to get to/from work aswell as attempting the many stairs to/from lower level.
 
So, if you are a commuter like me there are good and bad sides to any mode of transport however it has to be done, I need to work and “can’t live on fresh air” as they say! 
 
Now to leave you with some surprising facts regarding commuting did you know?
  • Britons spend, on average, around a year of our lives commuting – that’s a total of 10,634 hours. Recently it was reported that 1.8m Britons were travelling three hours or more daily to get to and from work – while the average commute has increased from 45 minutes in 2003 to 54 minutes today. 
  • According to the TUC, men in their early 40s are the people with the longest commutes in the UK. They take more than 67 minutes on average getting to work and back every day.

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