Daily Driving

Since I have been working for over a month now, I have gotten to experience the daily commute to and from my workplace.

During college, I lived in an apartment across the street from the UC Berkeley campus. Thus, there was no need for me to drive resulting in no car insurance to save money. I started driving again just recently after a 4-year break and it was an interesting experience at first. Now I dread the constant traffic jams that seemingly appear every time I drive.

For those that know the SF Bay Area, I work in San Mateo but live in the East Bay. So I commute across the San Mateo bridge two times a day. There seems to be everlasting construction going on, which doesn’t help traffic when they close off lanes for years at a time. Just look at the “new” bay bridge they’re supposed to be building. How many years has it been since they started? Anyways, on a good day my commute takes 30 minutes each way; on a bad day it can take over an hour each way.

During this substantial amount of time with nothing to do , I observe other drivers while listening to classical music. You hear about “old grannies” that drive slow and find it amusing until you are actually stuck behind one. They seriously drive below the speed limit when the freeway isn’t even packed, which is rage inducing and slows everyone down. Then there are your aggressive drivers that pay no attention to the speed limit and are constantly switching lanes back and forth. They always eventually get stuck behind a wall of cars, which is quite satisfying to watch.

Now that it is winter, the drive back home at night is pitch black and it’s even starting to rain more often. Visibility is greatly reduced, which results in everyone driving slower. So a 65mph zone essentially becomes a 20mph zone during one of these nights. How’s the traffic like at where you live?

Remember, safety always comes first when driving. ^^

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10 Comments to “Daily Driving”

  1. fabricerequin says:

    Well for me is reliance on public transport =/
    before i use to take the bicycle back when i was living near campus…i think i should start getting my licence.

    Btw for me the most satisfying thing stuck in traffic is too watch the impatient drivers getting all frustrated haha

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    Reltair Reply:

    I need to get a bicycle again; I haven’t rode one in a long time. Public transportation is always good.

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  2. Micchi says:

    Was in SF just a couple months ago and went over the San Mateo bridge from the airport. It’s so much more convenient than going around the Bay bridge.

    Luckily here in Toronto, there’s no bridges, but everyone gets funneled into the same highways anyway so it’s pretty slow. My drive is around 20-30 mins since I live north of the city and work just outside of downtown. Half drive and half subway (to get some shuteye and to avoid parking costs).

    You guys don’t have to deal with snow! That’s always fun.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, the San Mateo bridge is more convenient than the Bay bridge. I guess BART is our version of a subway system here in the SF Bay Area. Unfortunately, there’s no station near my workplace. 20-30 min seems to be the middle point, not too long and not short either.

    Awww, snow is cool though!

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  3. Yi says:

    Drive safe. ^ ^
    My traffic is pretty much life your traffic. I live in the Bay Area too.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks, I try my best after seeing a fair share of accidents on the way to work. :/

    Woot, Bay Area!

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  4. LG says:

    I am happy to live within walking distance from my job – 10 to 15 minutes and I’m there. All I need to do is pay attention to the weather report for the day. When coworkers complain about gas prices, I refrain from mentioning that I only have to get gas once every 3 or 4 months. I figure they would kill me, otherwise. 🙂

    The insane people who ignore speed limits and constantly switch lanes just so that they can make it to the traffic jam or stop light a hair faster have always baffled me. They get to the same place and end up having to wait the same amount of time as everyone else, and yet they do it with a much greater amount of risk. Maybe the adrenalin makes them feel better…?

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    Reltair Reply:

    I wish I lived within walking distance to my job. Gas prices are a killer these days. 🙁

    It probably just reflects their personality, and makes them feel better as well.

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  5. Patrick says:

    Hm, I didn’t realize that you lived so close to me. I am an East Bay-er myself. Just sayin’.
    I like your blog a lot. I hardly read any, so the mere fact that I swing by once-a-week (or so) tells me that I must like yours. So that’s cool.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Woot! East Bay~

    Thanks for reading, although I don’t nearly post as much nowadays. >_>

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