Everyday, when I drive to and from work, I see hundreds of other people doing the same. Personally, I don’t like commuting much at all.
I live only 5 miles from my office; an 11 minute drive. But I know people commuting 20 to 40 miles or more, and I can’t imagine putting up with that for long. Most people that I know with long commutes complain a lot about it.
So why don’t they just move closer to work??? Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s –
I suppose there are a number of reasons why someone would tolerate living far from their jobs, and having a long commute;
- your job is unstable or short term.
2. you can’t afford any of the housing close to work.
3. you love your existing home too much to leave.
4. you are unwilling to face up to the problem of moving.
Ok, so what reasons are there to move closer to one’s job?
- You save money on gas, plus wear and tear on the car. Suppose you drive 25 miles each way; thats 50 miles per day, 250 miles per week, and 13,000 miles a year! Assuming your car gets 20 miles per gallon, you burn 650 gallons of gas per year; @ $3.20/gal., that’s $2,080 annually – just commuting alone.
- You save time. In most cities, you’re lucky to average 25 miles an hour. So in our previous example, you spend an hour each way to work and back. That two hours a day, 10 hours a week, and 520 hours a year. That means you spend 21.5 days just driving to and from your job annually! Are you sure you want to continue spending 12.5% of your waking hours (weekdays) commuting?
- Your Health: let’s not forget the stress that most people have when driving in heavy traffic. Major studies have confirmed that one of the biggest causes of health problems is stress. Dealing with continual stress may be worse for your health than smoking. It damages your entire body and especially your immune system. Stress can cause high blood presure, insomnia, and a long list of other health issues.
The bottom line is this – we all have differnt situations, different lifestyles, and different priorities. The above is a short but significant summary of the pro’s and con’s of tolerating a long daily commute to work. Of course, it’s your life and your choice.