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If you drive to work, commuting is a big part of your day. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey found that the average American’s commute time is 26.9 minutes. 

The more time you spend driving every day, the greater the risk of getting into an injurious accident. With these tips, you can have a safer, less stressful commute. 

1. Plan your route

You may think that the freeway is the only way to get to and from work, but there may be alternative routes you can take to avoid periods of heavy traffic. Plan which route you will take before you get into the car to reduce your reliance on using a GPS. 

2. Leave enough space

Maintaining enough space between you and the driver in front of you reduces your chances of getting into a serious car accident. This extra space gives you more time to react if another car suddenly stops in front of you or if another vehicle veers into your lane. 

3. Stay calm

Dealing with accidents, traffic congestion and aggressive drivers makes commuting stressful. For your safety and the safety of those driving around you, stay calm behind the wheel and refrain from tailgating, failing to yield and cutting off others. 

Even though it may not be your favorite part of your day, you can make your commute less stressful and therefore safer by trying to enjoy it. Find a podcast you like, listen to an audiobook or create a playlist of your favorite songs to make your commute more enjoyable.  

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