Everyone has their own small tricks for reading more books (or at least, pretending you read books), and more generally, working our way through a never-ending backlog of podcast episodes, old New Yorker issues, Spotify playlists, and other assorted content.
The conveniences of working at home are also its curses. There’s no commute giving you time to settle your thoughts on the way in to work, no lunch with co-workers. To get some structure in your work-from-home life, you need to create your own routines.
If you’ve ever encountered a “phantom traffic jam,” or traffic slowdown that doesn’t seem to have an apparent cause, it was probably some jackwagon tailgating somebody. Researchers at MIT found that not only does tailgating not get you anywhere faster, it actually creates traffic jams that shouldn’t exist.
Some newer gas station pumps have small TVs built into them that blast ads, or even worse, the news at full volume. Here’s how you can turn that sound off and pump gas in peace.
The ongoing subway crisis in New York City this summer has evolved into a potent cocktail mixing commuters’ worst fears together in a hot, claustrophobic, underground nightmare tube. Delays are on the rise, creaky equipment dating back to the 1930s is in dire need of replacement, and actual PTSD might be setting in.…
Old school: skeezy dude on the subway pleasuring himself in public. New school: skeezy dude on the subway airdropping you a dick pic. Ah, the forward march of technology!
Even if you don’t live in New York, you’ve surely heard us complaining by now about the dramatic downward spiral of the nation’s largest mass transit system under the neglectful reign of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Geographic statistics site Overflow Data has compiled census data into an interactive map of the average commute times throughout the U.S. Zoom in on a state, or check out the range within each state. Commutes are worst along the East coast; L.A. traffic still isn’t as bad as New York subways. And the worst commutes…
The standing pregnant subway rider poses a dilemma for politeness: do you offer up your seat so she can sit down, or mind your own business in case she’s not pregnant and would be mortified that you assumed she was?
Commutes are frustrating because they make us feel like we don’t have any control. You’re either trapped on a bus or train, or trapped in a car crawling along the freeway. But if you focus on what you can control, your time heading to and from work can become the best, most enriching parts of your day.
If you live in a large city with traffic and cars, you’re likely exposed to air pollution on a daily basis. That can have detrimental effects on your health, especially your lungs, and the surgical masks you often see in smoggy cities actually don’t do a ton to protect you. Here’s what to do instead.
Long commutes might seem like the perfect time to relax and indulge in a pleasurable activity like reading a book, listening to music or podcasts, or even taking a nap, but you’re actually better off thinking about work. A recent study suggests you can make your transit time more bearable and lower your stress levels…
Before you run through a red light because it’s been five minutes and come on already, there may be a few ways you can get the light to turn green. This video breaks down how to do it.
iOS: If you’ve ever turned off your alarm in the morning only to learn later there’s a traffic jam or congestion that’ll make you late for work even though you got up in good time, Snorelax can help. The app uses current and historical traffic data to wake you up early enough to compensate for any travel delays.
New York and Los Angeles are notorious for traffic congestion, but a handful of other cities around the world are just as bad (or worse). Recently released data shows what traffic is like in major cities around the world. If you’re planning a big move, you’ll want to explore the tool to see what your own commute may…
Driving comes with its share of risk and danger, and some cities are more dangerous than others. NerdWallet looked at data in the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. to rank the safest and most dangerous for drivers.
You shouldn’t keep your Uber driver waiting; it’s just impolite. On top of common courtesy, though, it will also cost you if you’re late. The company has just decreased its five minute grace period to two minutes.
Commuting doesn’t have to be a waste. There are plenty of ways to get more out of it. If you’re curious, though, this calculator tells you just how much time and money you’ll spend commuting in your lifetime.
Commuting to and from work is a pain even in the best cases, and unchecked it can lead to burnout—but there are a few things you can do to make it a little easier on you. Moving closer to work, working from home, sure those are options, but if you can’t do any of those, this graphic has a few stress-busting tips.
I’m a backpack addict, and trust me: The wrong backpack means you’re stuck with an uncomfortable, awkward bag, all day. A few simple choices will make sure you choose the best in comfort, style, and convenience. I’ve found some common ground through my many, many backpacks that can help you choose yours.