Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The hidden costs of commuting

Reader Jen emailed me a link to a piece provocatively named "The Killer Commute." See it below.

Thought provoking tidbits:
- We spend an average 38 minutes/day, 165 hours/year, getting to and from work.
- 1 in 6 of us commutes more than 45 minutes each way.
- 34% of drivers honk their horn every day, 27% yell, 19% give the finger, 17% flash their headlights... 2% try to run somebody off the road!
- Couples in which one partner commutes for >45 minutes are 40% likelier to divorce.
- When you're driving, your risk of heart attack triples.

I didn't take the time to fact-check all of those assertions, but there are links on the website. This is undeniable - your commute takes a toll that's above and beyond the dollars-and-cents cost of your transportation. In any case, I'm a strong proponent of living close to where you work, so as to minimize your commute time and maximize your choice of transportation modes. I feel very blessed to substitute a nice bike ride every morning and afternoon, in place of a motor-vehicle commute with its expenses, both monetary and otherwise.

Killer Commute
Created by: CollegeAtHome.com


Clancy Anderson said...

I love infographics. Pretty amazing statistics. So those numbers are just for vehicle commutes. I wonder what the numbers are for bikes?

Chris said...

Brutal. I wish I lived close to where I work, but for a number of reasons, it's just not possible. But I still try to maximize time on the bike. I can't ride the whole way, but I have a folding bike that I keep in my car, and I ride once I'm a reasonable distance from the workplace. I definitely prefer it to driving...not even close.

Writer Lady said...

That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

Marcus said...

Cool. This may come in handy for Safe Routes to School Presentations.