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Working World Mag Provides "Tips for Dealing with Your Commute"

3:00 PM PST on November 30, 2007

The feature article in this week's Working World Magazine is entitled "Stuck in Traffic? 7 Ways to Get Out." Not surprisingly, none of its seven suggestions actually involve getting out of traffic. Mercifully, the article doesn't appear on the website.

Here's the list:

1) Take note, with a tape recorder make a to do list
2) Book It, with a book on tape
3) Learn a Language
4) Carpool, because the car is a good place to trap co-workers into in-depth conversations
5) Laughter is the Best Medicine, listen to a comedy station or CD
6) Get Aware, listen to NPR
7) Drive Safely

Now far be it from me to criticise a list of ways to improve a commute that is only for drivers, but is it really a good idea to pay less attention to the road in rush hour? With more cars on the road, and thousands of people inconvenienced by even a minor fender-bender, shouldn't we be encouraging people to pay more attention to what's going on outside of their cars?

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