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Being in traffic is very stressful! The effects of being stuck in traffic are felt by everyone. According to the Global Traffic Scorecard released in March 2020 by INRIX, a data analytics company, some cities have worse congestion than others. The report’s data was collected in 2019, before many people’s commuting situations changed dramatically at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are the 10 most congested cities in the U.S. in 2019, according to INRIX:

1. Boston, Massachusetts 149
2. Chicago, Illinois 145
3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 142
4. New York City, New York 140
5. Washington, D.C. 124
6. Los Angeles, California 103
7. San Francisco, California 97
8. Portland, Oregon 89
9. Baltimore, Maryland 84
10. Atlanta, Georgia 82

One reason why congestion continues to worsen is because many urban areas grow faster than the road network. The demand for travel – more specifically, road travel – exceeds the supply of roadway available. In some cities, even building public transit may not be enough given how fast urban populations are growing.

At times we have no choice but to be a part of the congestion, but there are steps to be considered to avoid being caught in the fray. Avoid traveling during rush hours for work or school.

Here are some quick tips on staying calm while driving:

  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

    A few extra minutes will keep you from feeling rushed and will reduce the stress in case of unexpected situations like accidents and construction that can add time to your commute. It’s amazing how much this tip alone will reduce your stress level when driving. If you’re not in a hurry, you’ll be far less stressed.

  • Try taking different routes.

    The route that may take the least time without traffic may actually take more time during rush hour. Plus it is good to mix up the scenery so you don’t feel so trapped.

  • Listen to music or books or bring a favorite beverage.

    Think about joining a car pool so you have company. Add something to your rush hour routine that makes you feel good.

  • Remember that everyone is going through the same stress.

    So if someone does something dangerous or illegal on the road, do not take it personally.

  • If you find yourself getting very angry or frustrated, take a few deep breaths and try to analyze the situation before reacting.

    Getting mad is dangerous for everyone on the road. So think if it is really worth putting everyone at risk to get mad at another driver.

  • If the stress becomes overwhelming, get off the road.

    Try to take another route or pull over until the traffic dies down. Nothing is worth you putting your life or the lives of others at risk.

  • If rush hour stress becomes too overwhelming, try to avoid it.

    See if you can change your hours at work, work remotely or even take a different route. Maybe driving through neighborhoods or taking back roads will add time to your commute but if it reduces your stress, those extra few minutes are worth it in the long run.

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