Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Surviving Your Commute to School

The sight of slow-moving cars, bumper-to-bumper traffic conditions, and a clock that indicates you are dangerously close to being late to school can send any typically mild-mannered college student into a raging frenzy. It doesn’t matter if you commute just once a month or three times a week – driving to school can be absolutely stressful, especially if you are unused to getting up early in the morning and battling it out with the other rush hour attendees. However, there are ways that you can reduce the nightmarish factors in your commute.

Do not take the seemingly discourteous actions of other drivers as a personal attack. In fact, try to avoid the "worst case scenario" mindset altogether. Oftentimes, when a driver cuts you off or is driving too slow or too fast or committing any other slew of rush hour offenses, chances are that these actions are not done maliciously or even intentionally. For example, a driver who cut in too close to your vehicle may simply have forgotten to check his or her blind spots before making the move. Though that same driver may feel regret, he or she cannot express their apologies to you. In face-to-face interaction, someone who accidentally stumbles over your feet can quickly apologize, whether it is verbally or with brief eye contact. On the road, however, a car that makes a wrong move cannot apologize, making every wrong action seem laden with malicious intent. So take a breath and let it go the next time something small happens – the driver may feel sorry, but you just cannot tell.

The best way to avoid commuting nightmares is to make sure that you do not have to be on the road during prime traffic time. This means that you should try to pick classes that are not scheduled to where you have to fight through rush hour traffic. Being stuck in traffic is a volatile situation that typically leads to tempers flaring and wasted time. Though you may want to get all your classes out of the way in the mornings or take them all in the afternoon, remember that scheduling them this way will mean that you will have to spend a lot of time idly sitting in your car either on the way to school or back from school. To cut down on commuting nightmares, cut down on commuting time and you’ll also cut down on the chances of someone else using their criminal justice degree-earned skills to issue you a ticket.

Finally, no matter if you’re commuting during rush hour or during more free-flow conditions, be courteous to others. If someone is trying to scoot into your lane, the best thing to do is to allow them in. If more drivers were courteous, commuting as a whole would be that much more bearable.

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