Drive My Car
We regularly bemoan the state of the horrible traffic situation in Baton Rouge. For a metropolitan area with 750,000 souls, we seem to have traffic that could rival the best that LA, Chicago or Houston has to offer. Miles traveled are minimal – time it takes to travel those miles is super-sized. Accidents on various parts of the system, closed lanes on the Mississippi River Bridge, and good old rubber-necking slow down the traffic flow. We may be the 67th largest MSA in terms of population, but we are the 35th worst metropolitan area in the nation – for traffic congestion.
Length of commute has always been an important factor for me in any employment situation, and most of my life I’ve been able to have an average commute time of about 20 minutes. Which is particularly awesome since my tolerance level for being on the road doesn’t extend much beyond that 20 minute mark. But I have co-workers, friends and family who think nothing of a commute extending well past an hour….. on a GOOD day. Throw in some rain, an accident or just some plain old congestion and the commute time can easily become much longer.
The reality is, some people will always need to commute some distance to get to the jobs; we encourage car pooling and walking and public transportation, but yet our roads continue to get MORE clogged-up rather than less. Some metropolitan areas are too sprawling, people who live in suburbs or rural areas must travel to where the jobs are located, and not every metro area has appropriate public transportation.
Is the commute a deal-breaker for you when accepting a job? What if the job location changes (i.e. your office relocates)? Has your employer been able to accommodate employee requests for flexible work hours to assist with commuting times?
As for me, until the day comes when I have someone who can “Drive my Car.”, I’ll just continue to battle the traffic each morning. The bonus – I can sing along to the radio in privacy.