In  what will surely not come as a shock to New York drivers, NYC has once again reached the top of the list for cities with the longest driving commute for workers.

Year after year, as more drivers hit the roads, populations expand and roads (for the most part)stay exactly as the day they were built decades ago, traffic gets heavier and heavier.

Sure, there are a few cities gaining on New York’s lead, but it’s still Number One when it comes to traffic. A Census Bureau report indicates that 40 percent of all New York workers spend 45 minutes or more sitting in traffic for their daily commute to and from work.

That’s long enough to bake a cake, assuming your car is equipped with an oven and a chef. It’s also more than long enough to induce some drivers to fill with rage, get upset at the space between the driver ahead of them and the car ahead of them; miss an exit; speed in an effort to make up what they consider “lost time” and generally disobey any traffic signals which they believe might make their daily commute even longer.

Of course being on time is no excuse for dangerous driving, especially when there are millions of other drivers on the roads in the exact same situation as you. If everyone decided to just do their own thing when it comes to getting where they want to go in a timely fashion it would be sheer chaos on the roads. The odds are more people would end up in the hospital than would end up at work.

New York defensive driving doesn’t mean taking aim at the other drivers. It’s not a free for all. Defensive driving NY means being smart about the way you get from one place to another.

First, avoid driving during the rush hour, first of all. If you don’t need to be on the roads during drive time, stay home. It will make life a little easier for the folks who do have to be on the road.

Second, try using the roads outside the five boroughs, where traffic is less likely to be heavy.

Third, relax. There is no point in getting upset about something that is not within your control anyway. You will get there when you get there and whoever is waiting for you will wait.

Fourth, if you can switch your car for public transportation, give it a try. If everyone used public transportation just one day out of every month it would take thousands of cars off the road, making life a little easier for the people that are still driving.

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