You can love your job, you can love your car, you can even love driving, but no one loves driving their car to their job. And yet your commute could be the single key difference between happiness and hand injuries (due to repeated dashboard punching). A new report from AutoInsuranceCenter.com estimates that 86 percent of American workers commute by car every day, and many of them totally entitled to their road rage because, depending on where you live, your commute could cost upwards of $1,800 a year.
The findings come from a combination of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, the INRIX 2015 Traffic Scorecard, and the U.S. Energy Information Association, which shows that the average commuter spends about half of that, roughly $960 a year. But in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland metropolitan area that number tops out at $1,834. Money aside, people who drive to work lose about 42 hours just idling in traffic, so you’re basically spending an entire work week sitting still on your way to work every year. Perhaps you could’ve gotten away with working remotely — if it weren’t for those meddling kids!
If the environment is as important to you as your time and money, then the fact that you eat about 19 gallons of gas sitting in traffic, contributing to 163 millions barrels of crude oil consumed every year, doesn’t help either. Though you could consider moving your family to town like Turlock, California (where commuting costs about $31 a year, although sadly not via surfboard), you could also look into the options you have outside of driving. There’s only one quiet car, so you’ll still have ample opportunities to swear on the train.
[H/T] NBC News