Do you find yourself sitting in traffic for longer and longer on your commute? Do you constantly ask yourself how this can be improved? Well, you are not alone.
Throughout Hillsborough County and the surrounding areas, commute times ARE getting longer according to recently releases U.S. Census data.
On average commuters are spending on average 10 hours more per year in their cars getting to and from work versus five years ago. The average commute time in Hillsborough is about 28.3 minutes a day. To compare, it was at 27.5 minutes in 2016. Trending the other way, Pinellas County’s average daily commute times actually decreased- but only slightly. Currently, it is at 24.2 minutes, down from 24.6 in 2016.
If we account for the entire metro area of Tampa-St.Pete-Clearwater, the commute times have increased to 27.9 minutes on average per day, versus 26.7 minutes in 2016.
So why were these numbers released now? Well in the November midterm elections, there will be a vote to approve or reject a transportation referendum that would offer some solutions to traffic congestion, safety and the lack of transit options in Florida.
What do you find as the most annoying or stressful part of your commute? Is it the congestion, construction or more so the way other drivers are driving?
Being on the road longer, and in more traffic makes everyone more susceptible to be in a car accident. Stay vigilant and defensive as a driver and most importantly, when there is traffic, just breath don’t fly off the handles. Getting mad won’t make the traffic move faster. Just accept it and keep driving.