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Are you new to commuting?

Traffic jams, boredom and maybe a hint of road rage – welcome to the world of commuting!
If you’ve always lived in an area where all your necessities are catered for within close range you probably wouldn’t understand what it truly means to commute on a daily basis. If you’re just about to step out into the world of commuting (by public transport) there’s a few unwritten rules that you might want to know about. You came to the right place.

Unlike hopping in your car and going straight to your destination, public transport requires more planning (and way more stops). A bus journey generally adds about twenty minutes on to travel times rather than cars, so it is important to plan your journey and make sure that you look at timetables to see how long this journey might take you. If you’re taking multiple forms of transport, for example two trains, or a train and a bus, you will need to plan in time spent after you’ve got off one waiting for the next to arrive.

Remaining on the topic of being timely, you’ll want to prepare your bag/outfit the night before your commute. Preparing yourself means you’ll be less likely to be running around in a bid to gather everything you’ll need for the day ahead, so if there is any unexpected traffic on the road you’ll be better equipped to deal with this.

Commuting isn’t just about public transport however, driving a car requires just as much preparation (if not more) than public transport in order to be timely. What do we mean? Well, especially at this time of year it’s more common to get into your car and see a layer of ice covering your windscreen. Make sure you spare ten minutes or so on a morning to quickly turn on the heaters in your car and let it defrost.

Traffic is just as much of a problem for drivers as it is for people who commute by public transport. Driving a car may help you avoid catching train/bus times but it doesn’t make you exempt from the troubles of traffic. Allow yourself time in the morning to avoid rush hour if possible. How early you’d like to arrive at your destination depends on how early you’re willing to set off.

Have you noticed the common trend throughout both methods (public/private) of transport?

The one factor that joins the two together is timing, being punctual and allowing yourself enough realistic time to prepare yourself for your day is the key to commuting.

Amy Smith

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