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The drive definitely matters. I can only do about 15 minutes of city driving. This is rural out in the desert though. Basically an hour of driving through canyon lands and desert.

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MayCee 11-20-2019 03:18 AM

My commute for 4 years was about 75 minutes one way. I enjoyed it and sometimes miss that time to mentally prepare for my day or unwind from the day. I was also more prepared at work because I didnít stay after work and didnít go in on the weekends. I left work at work (something Iím trying to get back to). There were days I didnít want to make the drive, but most of the time it was fine.

I was once asked how I made that drive everyday. I told the person I enjoyed it and it wasnít that bad. She said she could never do that. A few days later she was telling us it took her 55 minutes to get to work each morning and over an hour to get home each evening to get home. I didnít see the difference in our commute times, just the distance I drove compare to her. Traffic in the direction she drives is bad, I just drove a distance. She evidentially saw a big difference

crazy4catz 11-19-2019 09:07 PM

I would not be able to do it. The most Iíve ever driven was 15 minutes. My DS is driving about 1.25 minutes right now in city traffic. He plans to move at the first of the year.

Sbkangas5 11-19-2019 06:37 PM

I enjoy driving, especially if I'm by myself.


I used to drive 45 minutes and didn't mind it at all. Until I changed to a 3 minute commute and realized how that long drive affected me.


I would definitely choose it if it meant a radical change in terms of job satisfaction, happiness, and pay. If it was a small step up or a lateral move I don't think I'd do it.

Haley23 11-19-2019 06:35 PM

I hate driving. I moved at the beginning of this school year and my commute is now about 12-15 minutes depending on traffic. I love it! Previously it was around 45-50 minutes in the afternoon (worse traffic) and I feel like I get so much more of my day back!

sonoma 11-19-2019 05:05 PM

I love it if Iím actually driving but sitting in stopped traffic- no

NewIdentity 11-19-2019 04:35 PM

I'm not a big fan of driving but I put a lot of miles on my vehicle. I drive 45 minutes to work in a rural setting. I always tell myself that I only have to do it 187 days.

all41 11-19-2019 03:41 PM

I enjoy driving. I have a 25 minute drive each way in a very rural setting. It's quiet, very little traffic, and pretty along a river. I listen to books and look forward to this quiet before and after school. However, I wouldn't want to add any time to my commute, 25 - 30 minutes is just enough.

FancyFish 11-19-2019 02:06 PM

I could not do that. I currently drive 20 minutes to work and thatís my max. Long distance driving makes me quite sleepy. I also donít deal well with heavy traffic, which itís normal where I live.

peggy27 11-19-2019 01:04 PM

I have a 30 mile commute that is mostly freeway. I have done it for 18 years. Some days I really hate it. The only thing that makes it bearable is it up or down a canyon so the scenery is pretty!

dutchgirl 11-19-2019 10:36 AM

This is my 20th year with a 70 - 75 minute commute each way. Thankfully, it's mostly rural, and my children are all grown.

I don't enjoy careless drivers and bad weather, but do enjoy the time to myself and love seeing the sunrise and scenery.

Tori58 11-19-2019 10:30 AM

I had a 30 minute commute one-way for many years. It was a rural commute so was usually pretty low-stress (not always, though).

What I liked: 1) Time to mentally prep for the day in the morning and time to make a mental separation of work and home in the afternoon. 2) Not living in the same community where I worked. In small rural towns you can end up having parent-teacher conferences in the grocery store and gas station if you're not careful! 3) It was a beautiful drive and I saw lots of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. I even saw the aurora borealis on a few of my late nights.

What I hated: 1) Driving in bad weather, and that didn't just mean snow and ice. I didn't love driving in high wind, severe thunderstorms, bitter cold or scorching heat. 2) The cost. It adds up. I drove a compact car (a hybrid for a while) so I saved on gas but you have to factor in wear and tear on your vehicle and having to replace your vehicle more frequently when you're putting so many miles on it every week. 3) The commute was generally okay on a regular school day but I really didn't love it when I had to be at school at 6:00 a.m. to load a bus for field trip, festival or extended trip. I really didn't love it when I had to stay until 7:00 p.m. for Family Fun Nights, until 8:00 p.m. for Parent-Teacher Conferences, until 9:00 p.m. for concerts or to supervise athletic concessions or until 11:00 p.m. to chaperone Prom.

But, every job is different and you probably don't have as many evening and weekend obligations as I did. My instrumental music colleague had a 90 minute commute. She had even more late nights than I did (pep band) but how she dealt with it is that she arranged a place to stay on nights that she had to stay late or when the weather was dangerous. She was single and had a housemate that would look after her dog on nights that she didn't come home.

ETA: Oh yeah, and what's the wildlife situation on this commute? I also didn't love dodging deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles, skunks and escaped cows. Fortunately for me, I never had a close encounter with a black bear but other people on my commute did.

LaFish 11-19-2019 08:27 AM

However, I donít know if I would want to commute every day for 1.25 hours away from home. What about after school activities? What about faculty/staff meetings?

I guess if the drive was only for half a year or just a year, maybe. Long term driving for 5 or more years- no thank you.

Good luck to whatever you decide to do.

md2dkh3 11-19-2019 07:38 AM

I don't mind driving and I love to listen to podcast, too!

I don't like getting up super early, though. I already have to set my alarm at 5:15. No way would I choose a long commute which required me to set it any earlier.

MAsped 11-19-2019 07:09 AM

I enjoy driving overall...mainly when it's for FUN, but NOT when I have to (on a regular basis).

A 1.25h work commute...not me. Not with the way traffic has gotten obviously worse in the last 1-2 years. I notice it takes twice as long to get places than it used to.

EllaKate 11-19-2019 06:04 AM

No way would I drive that far everyday. That's almost 3 hours everyday.



I think it would get old after awhile.

Hifiman 11-19-2019 05:53 AM

from my life.

I like Mhugs' post. That hits all the points important to me.

I do love to drive. It's how I relax. And I totally get listening to podcasts and such in the car. I look forward to that too. But I've had those long commutes in my younger days and it quickly becomes a grind. Currently my commute is about 30 minutes to work and about 45 minutes home. I hate the drive home. It's all about traffic.

It sounds like your commute is easy, but lengthy. Good luck with your sanity over the long haul.

juliet4 11-19-2019 05:46 AM

I love driving. Ask my DH. I drive 90% of the time. Sort of a control thing. When I was working, my commute was about 25 minutes. Just enough time to relax and unwind in the way home. Over an hour I would not have enjoyed twice per day.

kahluablast 11-19-2019 05:45 AM

I don't mind driving, but would not want to have to drive that far every single day and then back again. I could do it short term if it took me to a better, more satisfying job. I would work on moving that direction though, so the driving was not a regular thing forever.

PEPteach 11-19-2019 05:39 AM

I like driving, but I like driving on my own terms - when the weather's nice, when the route is easy/pretty, when I have the time. I could never do a commute like that. That time will take away from something else, whether it's time with friends, time exercising, time spent with family, relaxation time, etc.

teachnkids 11-19-2019 05:30 AM

I don't mind drivong at all, but I do think the grind of over an hour each way could be exhausting.

If it's temporary until you decide if you like job and move closer then I would definitely do it!

ZipLine 11-19-2019 05:27 AM

I love driving but I would never take a job that is 1.25 hrs away from home. That adds up to 12.5 hours of commute time for a 5 day week. A worse realization- it adds up to 2,250 hours a year (based on a 180 day calendar). Those hours equal 94 days. I can think of lots more I would want to do with my time than commute those hours.

LazyLake 11-19-2019 04:24 AM

Personally, I don't.
There are thousands of people living in the suburbs who drive the distance that you described when they travel to their jobs in the city. They do this for their high paying jobs and/or the fact that their professional work places are located in the downtown/big city area.

I think that if you are going to be happy in that job you are considering, and driving doesn't bother you, go ahead and take that job!

Given the choice of driving 15 mins. to a low paying job that one absolutely hates compared to driving longer to a job that one absolutely loves, I'd take the later.

I'd keep in mind the fact that one would be farther away, taking more time to return home to tend to family members, pets, appointments at home, etc. Do you have someone to cover for you to tend to those needs?

msd2 11-19-2019 03:40 AM

That is 2 1/2 hours extra on to your work day. Whether or not I enjoyed the drive, losing that much time if I didn't have to would be silly. Then add the costs of driving that far (wear and tear on the car, gas, oil changes, etc). Nope. I'm with your parents. If you don't have to or aren't willing to move to the area if you like the job, it is not something that is worthwhile.

word girl 11-19-2019 03:06 AM

I drive about 40 minutes each way per day. I love driving and my drive is rural and pretty and not usually crowded (although that has been changing over the last 10 years). I do listen to podcasts, and the news, and catch up with family on the phone (Bluetooth). I plan my day in the am and unwind in the pm. However, I don't think I could do more than 45 minutes. It really does add to your whole day. I'm gone from 7-5 every single day, and if I have to run an errand - groceries, gas, bank, post office, it's even longer.

twin2 11-19-2019 02:52 AM

Consider how taking that time out of your schedule daily, twice a day, could affect you. For some people, it's fine. For others, that time is too precious and hard to give up, especially if children are in the equation. I have never done it, but I read about commuting once and people said similar.

mhugs 11-19-2019 02:06 AM

Thinking back to the hot desert driving I did with my sister between Lake Havasu and either Phoenix or Las Vegas several things come to mind.
road worthiness of your car
wear and tear on your car
gas expense
safety of driving alone on nights you might be required to stay late-parent conferences, school programs

how isolated is that desert if you need assistance
at least you you you wouldn't have to worry about snow storms or icy roads

bandmom 11-19-2019 01:52 AM

It would depend if the drive involved sitting in crawling along congested stop and go traffic.

hikinghiker 11-18-2019 09:59 PM

The drive definitely matters. I can only do about 15 minutes of city driving. This is rural out in the desert though. Basically an hour of driving through canyon lands and desert.

knitting987! 11-18-2019 09:50 PM

It would get old.

linda2671 11-18-2019 09:37 PM

If it were a peaceful drive, I could do a half hour, but I used to drive an hour a day to go to classes at the university. It was very stressful and crazy.

hikinghiker 11-18-2019 09:12 PM

Debating taking a job that's 1.25 hours commute one way. Parents think I'm crazy, but I love the idea of it

HUGE fan of podcasts but can only listen to them while driving. I can only imagine how many more I'd get to enjoy.

Anyone else enjoy drives and long commutes?




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