According to The Hill, Austin vehicle owners lose approximately an average of 53 hours to congested traffic each year. Austin is a bustling city, and it is named the 18th most congested in the US. While we’re not trying to scare you away from being on Austin’s roadways, we are here to help you make your time going to and from work, school, or the grocery store more worthwhile.
Here are some of our top tips for making your drives more calm and enjoyable:
Tip #1 - Listen to a Podcast
Everyone loves some tunes in the car, but the same playlist can get tiring. To make your commute more interesting, we recommend putting on a podcast on those long drives. There are tons of topics in the podcast world nowadays, ranging from very entertaining to educational choices.
Tip #2 - Play an Audiobook
Going along the lines of the last recommendation, you can play an audiobook while stuck on the road. Many people don’t have time to pick up a book and read. However, audiobooks are a great way to be engrossed in a story without having to flip through pages. It is an excellent way to pass the time in traffic.
Tip #3 - Roll Down the Windows and Take in the Nature
This might be silly, but when’s the last time you took a breath of fresh air and took in your surroundings. Austin is warm year-round with very mild winters, so feel free to roll down the windows and take in the view on the way to work. Appreciate the clouds, trees, and geographic landscape. It can definitely take some of the stress away from your busy days.
Tip #4 - Breathing Exercises
If you have a lot of stress or anxiety, breathing exercises can do wonders. On top of that, roll your shoulders and move your neck to loosen up tight muscles. Some mindfulness exercises can go a long way in making your day better.
For all your auto maintenance and repair needs, don’t hesitate to call or visit the local team at Austin’s Automotive Specialist.