Traffic jams and work commutes can make our lives stressful. But what contributes to that level of positivity/negativity?

Distance and Speed Factor into Driver Happiness during Morning Commute

We can all agree that morning traffic is loathsome. Whether you live in the suburbs or out in a more open area, commuting to and from work can be rather daunting.

As the sports car enthusiast that you are, you enjoy putting your foot down and getting to your destination safely, but also at your own speed. Depending on how far away you live from your work and how fast your metropolitan area sets its speeds limits can apparently dictate your happiness.

A recent report from City Commentary that was featured in AutoBlog came to the conclusion that faster travel does not provide a more jovial commuter. A commuter’s positive disposition is more predicated on amount of miles traveled, as well as time spent commuting.

The article from City Commentary lists a University of California study and a survey of metropolitan areas from Porch that gathered data on traveling speeds and satisfaction with infrastructure of local communities and metropolitan areas.

Plotting commuters and drivers “happiness” while factoring in miles and speed traveled was directly related to less miles traveled. The study asserted that commuters traveling through areas with higher speed limits were in sparsely populated areas, thus covering more miles in their commute.

With more miles, commuters were traveling at faster speeds, but would be in their cars for a longer period of time. Thus, contributing to their displeasure with their commute with having to spend more time in the car and seemingly wasting more of their day in their commute.

Now, we know you probably use your daily car to get to and from work, but this does raise a solid point. The farther you commute and the more time you spend in your commute to work, that strips away other enjoyment you can get in your traversing vehicle.

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