Last Call- How To Make Your Commute More Enjoyable

Cobra Commuter

Census data says that, on average, Americans spend 100 hours a year commuting back and forth to work. If I was this guy, I’d ask: “Is that all?”

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36 responses to “Last Call- How To Make Your Commute More Enjoyable”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    I've never really understood the point of having a crappy beater as a commuter car. Might as well drive something nice if you are going to be stuck in it 1-4 hours a day.
    Also that 100hrs. week seems off. Assuming 50 work weeks/year that is about 2 hrs/week., less than 30 min./day, less than 15 min. each way. Who in the world lives that close to work?!? I live about as close to work as anyone in my office and it still takes me 20 mins. each way, and I consider that VERY close.

    1. jeremy! Avatar

      because people have several thousand dollars of student loans and a pos jetta that is falling apart yet still needs to get to work. so they go and buy whatever cheapo thing they can find just because its in front of them?

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Believe me I understand not being able to afford a nice car. My comment was directed more towards folks that have a nice car in the garage but choose to buy a pos to drive to work.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I bring that average down a bit. For almost 5 years my commute was just one mile, and the only way for it to take more than 5 minutes by car was if there was a train coming through town to pick up grain at the elevator and/or drop off coil steel for Bobcat.

      1. iheartstiggie Avatar

        Me too. I'm 4.7 miles from the office, and while I live in Northern VA I have a 15 minute commute on bad days. Kind of convenient. I drive my MS3 because I can. When my commute was 41 miles one way and an hour and a half one way on a good day, I drive a honda and got 28 mpg.

        1. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

          I highly approve of your MS3 choice.

          1. iheartstiggie Avatar

            Ahhhh thank you. I get sh*t for driving a front wheel drive "toy" but whatev, it's fun and last time I checked kicks the WRX in the pants (which I've been able to prove a *few times* so… hehehe

          2. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

            I say screw the whole "front wheel drive cars are for the feeble" mentality. I know a lot of FWD cars which can kick the rear end of a lot of the snobby snoots. Don't get me wrong, I like my RWD fun cars but when you're in snow, slithering around and want to actually make progress, I will take FWD.
            p.s: I get out dragged (at every possible occasion, just to rub it in) by my GF who drives a MS3. I drive a SVT Focus. Too bad I taught her how to drive a stick and recommended a car.

        2. Shadowguitar Avatar

          Northern VA probably increase the average time of commuting for the entire country by a few hours. Thankfully I'm down in SW VA during the non-summer months! No traffic, but that means no good internet or cable like NoVA has(i.e. fios). 🙁

          1. iheartstiggie Avatar

            Isn't that the truth. I used to live in Leesburg and work in Old Town Alexandra. That was my hour and a half, in HOV, on a good day comment above.
            I remember one day we had an ice storm out our way but Alexandria was fine. It took me 3.5 hours to get to the Main toll on 267 and my boss, even after me calling her 3 hours in to my commute, still expected me in the office. Anyway, it was that scenario that had me looking for, and getting a new job, the next week. Not to mention being gone from my house from 6am – 7pm M-F. It made me realize I was living to work, not working to live.
            After a year and a half of that commute, I fully understand the cause and concept of road rage.

          2. BGW, Capt (Ret.) Avatar

            My brother-in-law used to be a Leesburg cop. It got to a point that he was wary of pulling over motorists for anything but the most egregious of offenses, lest he be on the receiving end of The Worst Road Rage Ever. A handful of "I've been sitting the same place for 60 minutes and now that I'm actually moving, YOU'RE going to pull ME over for 67 in a 55aaaaAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH NOOOOOO???!?!??!?" incidents was enough for a lifetime. Now that he's been in the Secret Service for several years, he swears that guarding the President is far safer than dealing with NoVA drivers.

    3. Paul Y. Avatar
      Paul Y.

      I spend about 83 hours per year commuting — I can get to work in under ten minutes if I hit all the lights green (all three of them, none if I take the side roads, but that route is a bit longer).
      Of course, it's only almost 6 miles, and in a small town. Not all of us, thankfully, have to deal with gridlock.
      On the other hand, my commute is nearly a straight line (three turns, total), so it would not be any more enjoyable in a Cobra than in my xB. At least the dullness allows me to get 37mpg in town without much effort. If I don't go anywhere, a tank of gas lasts me a month.

    4. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      I think the thought is buy something cheap that you can put tons of miles on with minimal care to get to work for the least amount of money. I get that, but I don't want to hate driving for 30 minutes to work any more than I already do. Right now the Jeep drives to work two days a week and I carpool the rest, which is easier on the checkbook, but BORING. When funds avail themselves (and if this Lemons team doesn't make it) I can see myself in something small, nimble, and easier on the pocketbook than a Jeep with 30 inch off road tires. Having said that the Jeep without a top can be a blast to drive to and from work, take the doors off and it becomes even more elemental. Honda accord or Toyota Camry for the commute? F no. Mini, 287 Cobra, or Escort GT, yes please.

      1. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

        You're probably the only person I know who actually does car pool. I am not joking either. But then again I live in MI where the concept is actually non existent.
        To be honest, I don't mind car pooling as long as I am the driver. If not, I will probably kill the other person with all the back seat driving.

        1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

          Yeah, outside of my little carpool, I don't know anyone else who does either. Most of the time it's not too bad, but on occasion I do want to murder my co-driver. When the top is off the Jeep, I can't hear him and mostly forget about him. In his Forester, I feel a bit butch.
          I think I need the Cobra to liven up the commute. I'll drive every day I promise.

        2. iheartstiggie Avatar

          Or they'll kill you. 😛

  2. TexanIdiot25 Avatar

    Fuck, how do you put in images?

  3. citroen67 Avatar

    Wow, that would be a fun commute…that is a really nice BMW…

  4. tollberg Avatar

    Huh. I commuted to school for half a semester, it too was 37 miles each way but that came out to an hour and a half in each direction. And then one day it snowed and it became two and a half hours. And then I gave in and got a place on campus to save my sanity.

  5. dculberson Avatar

    I forgot to mention: having not only disc brakes, but 12.5" disc brakes, when I was used to drums on all four corners, was quite a revelation. It stops! Fast!

    1. dculberson Avatar

      In town, I get about 19mpg. I've peaked with freeway-only at about 25mpg. Mine is a 1995 which is actually a little lighter and more powerful than the '89-'94 models. (When was the last time a car got lighter after a redesign? Oh yeah, the 370z.)

  6. CptSevere Avatar

    My commute isn't one at all. I can walk to work in five minutes, the truck doesn't even get warmed up when I drive it to work. Living in a small town has it's advantages.

  7. Maymar Avatar

    My commute to school is a little less than an hour each way (if I take flagrant liberties with the speed limits and don't get too many lights, I can get it down to 45). I at least get to drive against the flow of traffic, which makes things a little less aggravating. To make it more enjoyable though, I'd have to bypass the small town I have to drive through to get to the highway (it'll be done, but not until after I'm finished school), and get the onramp I take redesigned (it's an S-curve I have to take at upwards of 70km/h to be able to merge safely, but usually get stuck behind someone doing less than 60).

    1. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

      "(it's an S-curve I have to take at upwards of 70km/h"
      You don't live in our sister state of Canada do you?

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Indeed I do. Luckily, I'm not constantly dodging moose (meese?), beavers, and hockey players on my commute. I do pass by several Tim Hortons' though.

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          Do you know or are related to Red Green? Everybody up there worth knowing should be. Or, the Trailer Park Boys. You guys all know each other up there, right?

          1. Maymar Avatar

            I have actually met Red Green – the tickets to watch the studio taping of the Red Green show were free, so I went twice. I haven't met the Trailer Park Boys though.

        2. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

          Actually there are quite a few Tim Hortons in SE-MI as well. There are about 2 just on my way to work. My Wed morning ritual start there every week.

  8. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    42 miles, each way. In Los Angeles.
    Elapsed time: 35-40 minutes, each way.
    Reverse commute + WRX + completely unenforced speed limits means I'm having a slow day if I'm doing under 80 in the fast lane.

  9. joshuman Avatar

    I used to have a 45 mile commute from north of Baltimore to Gaithersburg, MD (near D.C.). At best it took 75 minutes but a two-hour drive was not uncommon. I would take as many side roads as possible and half of my drive was through really scenic farm lands with rolling hills and fun corners. The drive was okay but I hated the time I wasted in the car each day.
    Now, I live 7 miles from work and the drive takes about 15 minutes. I bike it two or three days a week.

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