Making Your Drive More Bearable: Tips for College Commuters


By Staff Writer Published on November 19, 2012

When you’re a commuter, you may find you spend many hours each week in your car. Driving to school, work, back home and then on errands for your home life can get frustrating if you aren’t careful. These tips may help you minimize the time that you’re spending in the car and maximize the effectiveness of the time you do need to spend in the car.

If possible, schedule your classes and campus visits so you only have to drive to campus once.  Even having one tutoring session or group study at an odd time during the week can cost you time driving and parking. Try your best to minimize the trips you have to make to your campus.

Combine the tasks that require driving. For example, if you know you’re headed to class, give yourself some time on your way home to stop by the grocery store or the bank.

Create an accurate estimate for how long it takes you to drive to and from your most frequent destinations. This way, you can give yourself enough time in your schedule to be able to make it to your next destination safely.

Create an accurate estimate for how long it takes you to drive to and from your most frequent destinations. This way, you can give yourself enough time in your schedule to be able to make it to your next destination safely.

Maintain your car to ensure you’re able to travel safely. Stay on top of routine car maintenance like getting your oil changed on a regular basis, checking the air pressure in your tires, and filling your windshield wiper fluid. This way, you can depend on your car to make it safely to your next destination.

Create a rideshare group with others that live in your area. Start talking to people within your degree program about a rideshare group and see if you can set up a carpool. That way you’re only driving to campus a few days a week (or less!).

Minimizing the time you’re on the road and maximizing the time that you have to be in your car may free up your schedule and alleviate some stress. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your classmates to ask what they do to make their commute more bearable.  You may be able to bestow some of your learned knowledge and get tips from those that are more experienced with the commute.

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About the Author

Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for California College San Diego, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her family.