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Workers stressed out by morning commute, survey shows

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Hartland, WI — One out of 3 workers say their drive to work leaves them stressed out before they even arrive, results of a recent survey show.

Researchers from OnePoll, on behalf of auto parts retailer Batteries Plus Bulbs, surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults who regularly drive to work about their morning commute and the most common problems they encounter. Results show that 33.3% of the respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that their commute to work causes them to feel anxious or agitated.


Other findings:

  • 28.7% of the respondents said their morning commute caused them to be late to work at least once a month.
  • 26.3% said their boss would not consider commuting issues a valid reason to be late for work.
  • The average commute time was just more than 29 minutes, and 34% of the respondents had commutes of 30 minutes or more.
  • Nearly 1 out of 4 have considered alternate ways to get to work.

The most common reasons for exploring a new way to commute were less stress (38.4%) and more relaxation (33.1%).

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