Most people don’t like freeways and traffic so it’s lucky if you can live fairly close to your work. Many people however, aren’t in that position. According to The Atlantic and Reuters News Agency, the American commuter spends an average of 38-42 hours per year stuck in traffic (very slow or stop-and-go). It’s much worse in larger cities such as Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where the average is 60 hours per year. Los Angeles takes top prize with commuters spending an average of 90 hours per year stuck in traffic.
One gal I knew worked in the South Bay area of Southern California and she lived in Riverside, which is quite a distance away. There are no direct routes from where she lived and she had to take a few different freeways which are known for their terrible traffic, especially during commuting hours. So, in addition to the 8 hours on her job, she often spent 3-4 hours every day in traffic. With a flying car, she could have flown to one of the local airports in the South Bay and been at work in about an hour.
I’ve known many other people who commuted in terrible traffic to their jobs, some for 20 years or more. Most of those people were usually very stressed out and did not have much time to do other things that they enjoyed. They also had very little time or energy left for their families, which caused problems.
I experienced this first hand for a time when my husband had to drive from northern Santa Clarita Valley, California to West Los Angeles for his job. There was always a lot of traffic on the freeway and it often took him 1-1/2 to 2 hours to get there. The stress from that and the time away from home really took a toll on my husband, which also affected my son and me negatively, so we were all very glad when he changed jobs. With a flying car, he could have avoided that crazy commute, landed at Santa Monica airport and been at work in an hour.
In addition to the lost time commuting, the stress factor can really have a negative impact on people, even if they don’t erupt in road rage, which is what the media likes to show us. Besides that, aren’t there a lot of other more meaningful things that most people would rather be doing, than sitting in a car on a crowded freeway? I wonder just how many people are stuck in traffic right now, wishing they were either at work, at home or doing something they enjoy?
They could do that if they had a Switchblade!
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For the last 15 years, I have lived in one city and commuted to another which is about an hour each way each day. Of course I commute when traffic is worst – when people are asleep driving to work in the morning and reading or texting while driving home at night. Over the years, I can’t count the number of drivers with books open on their steering wheels, reading as they drive!
Yes, I can say it is unnecessary stress.
The good news is that each of the cities at the endpoints of my commute have airports – D class on one end and C class on the other. And periodically I fly the commute rather than drive. I do that mostly for fun and to break up the monotony of the driving. But I still have the car on the home city end and the rental on the other.
Driving to the airport in my Switchblade, rolling out the wings and tail and pre-flighting on the ramp as the tower watches, flying, landing at the destination, shifting to ground mode and driving my Switchblade to the office sounds like so much more fun and a great start to the day! Then I can do it again at the end of the day and maybe take a little detour to some of my favorite local flying areas and relax. Now that’s a great work day!
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