Making Your Drive More Bearable: Tips for College Commuters

By Staff Writer Published on November 19, 2012

When you are a commuter, you may find that you spend a lot of 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 are not careful. These tips may help you minimize the time that you are spending in the car and maximize the effectiveness of the time that you do need to spend in the car…

  1. 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 a lot of time driving and parking. Try your best to minimize the trips that you have to make to school.
  2. Combine the tasks that require driving.  If you know you are headed to class, give yourself some time on your way home to go to the grocery store.
  3. Create a rideshare group with others that live in your same area. Start talking to people within your specific program about a rideshare group and see if you can carpool so you are only driving a few days a week.
  4. Maintain your car to ensure you are able to travel safely.  Get your oil changed on a regular basis, check the air pressure on your tires, and fill your windshield wiper fluid.  This way, you can depend on your car to make it safely to your next destination.
  5. Create an accurate estimate for how long it takes you to drive to and from your most regular destinations.  This way, you can give yourself enough time in your schedule to be able to make it to your next destination safely.

Minimizing the time that you are 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.

Author Bio
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 husband and new baby boy.