Long commutes aren’t the most enjoyable parts of our lives — and unfortunately for most of us, the amount of time we spend on the road is going up each year. The Washington Post reports that the average American spent more than nine full days commuting to and from work in 2016, with the average commute up 12 seconds from the year before, to 26 minutes and 36 seconds one-way.
How much of your life do you spend going to and from work?
Twelve seconds may not seem like a lot, but The Post broke the numbers down to shed a little more light on the subject.
Doing the math, 12 seconds per commute comes out to be an extra one hour and 40 minutes on the road for every American driving to and from work last year.
The group of workers with commutes between 60 and 89 minutes increased by 2.8%, while commutes that take 90 minutes or more grew 1.5% The number of commuters with shorter commutes decreased or remained the same year over year.
The article also points out that more than 13 million American workers have a one-way commute of an hour or more and four million commuters spend more than 90 minutes per work day commuting one-way — almost one full month a year going to and from work.
Working from home allows you to avoid long commutes to and from work. The number of people who work from home increased by 5% to 7.6 million people last year. If you’re not to fond of spending big chunks of your time on the road, this may be a great option for you.