Snow Storms, Traffic and Everything Else That Sucks About Commuting


I love a snow day. We don’t get too many anymore and they give me chance to catch up on work that never seems to get done when I’m out on the road selling and buying houses.

I guess the real reason I don’t mind is that I live 3 minutes away from my office. When I drive to meet clients it’s usually not in rush hour and I’m never that far away. I often joke (but it’s the truth) that some mornings on my way to the office I actually drive around the block when a good song comes on the radio just so I can hear the whole thing before parking. As I’m sitting in my office looking out at the snow disaster that is Mississauga today I can’t help but feel sorry for all those people who drive, day in day out, spending ever longer on the roads, never knowing when an accident or construction will screw their whole day up.

Having said that it never used to be that way for me. When I graduated from University my first and only corporate job was working in logistics at the Toyota plant in Cambridge Ontario. I can still remember the white knuckle drives on days like today and all the near misses. A good day when everything went smoothly and traffic was good meant a 50 minute commute one way. On days like today I can remember 3 hour commutes to get home. To be fair it was my choice to work out there and live in Mississauga, but it SUCKED! I could have moved out that way (which would have been much cheaper) but I was already planning to start my career in real estate so I stuck it out.

An article published in the Toronto Star last year showed how common long commutes are becoming. The average commute time for the GTA in the study was just shy of 40 minutes. In Canada, over 2.6 million commuters drive for more than 45 minutes one way to work. Time, gas, wear and tear, it just isn’t worth it. If you want to know the real value of the time wasted commuting, check out one of my old school videos from almost 4 years ago.

Obviously since I am a realtor, I’m going to make a plug that you consider moving closer to where you work, and if it happens to be in the west GTA then let’s talk. 🙂

At the end of the day the choice is yours. Stay safe out there!

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