Dealing With A Long Commute

Metro Detroit traffic can be frustrating, especially for those who have to commute to work in rush hour. It seems like I-75 is always under construction, 696 is the stuff of nightmares, and the surface streets don’t offer much of an alternative in the way of congestion.

One of the top complaints that people have about living in Southeast Michigan is the traffic. A 10-mile drive can easily become a one-hour commute… which adds two full hours to your workday!

Or maybe traffic isn’t so bad where you live, but your drive still takes forever because of how far away your job is. 

Whatever the case, the good news is that you don’t have to keep suffering through ridiculous work commutes. Here are some ideas to make your drive-time more efficient. 

Ride Your Bike 

If your long commute is due to bad traffic, riding your bike can sometimes be faster. Plus, this will also help you get your morning exercise. Just remember to bring a change of clothes to work!

Take Public Transportation 

If you live in a part of Metro Detroit that allows for easy public transportation or ride sharing, then you might give it a try and see if it’s any faster. Even if it takes the same amount of time, without the hassle of being behind the wheel, you can at least read a book or answer emails on your laptop to get a jump start on your workday.

Change Jobs 

Changing jobs might seem too drastic just because of a long commute, but if it’ll save you two or three hours per day in driving time? Well, maybe it’s worth it. Think of what you could do with all that time: More family dinners, more free time during Michigan’s short winter daylight hours, or more sleep!


If you love your job and don’t want to change it, consider moving your home closer to where you work. The transition doesn’t have to be complicated. At Mitten Made Properties, we buy Michigan houses as-is, fast, for cash, giving you a no-stress selling experience and ultimate flexibility on timing. We’ll even cover the closing costs! 

If you want to learn more about selling to Mitten Made Properties, give us a call at (248) 883-3340. We’re happy to talk you through the details!

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