Night class is the way to go if you can swing it. I took night class for some time before it was cancelled, years ago.
My commute to work was dropped from 40 minutes to about 20-25 when my work picked up and moved shop closer to home. I usually hit moderate to heavy traffic at first on the way to work, then for about half of the trip it’s clear sailing. It takes me about 30-35 minutes in snow and 45 minutes if DOT hasn’t cleared the roads well/ creeping along.
Not too bad, reading that some folks have 1 hour min.
I was frustrated with a 40 minute commute at my payscale. I suppose if the job paid well enough, my cap could be significantly raised. I’d be willing to drive an hour and a half if it promised a six figure income, but at that rate, I’d be tempted to move or save, quit my job and work for myself from home or a closer shop.
My only complaint with my commute is that one intersection causes about three miles of stand still traffic in the rightmost lane on the highway, because of an on ramp to another interstate that I drive past. It doesn’t make too much difference, but the highway is only three lanes until it gets close to the other interstate, then as soon as everyone and their uncle gets over to get on the other highway, my speed doubles the rest of the way to work.
I’ve also discovered that having at least 30 minutes commute allows for a bit of a buffer if you are running behind. It’s easy to make up five minutes in a longer commute if you have to. Gives you a bit of time in the morning to relax and center yourself, too.
Has anyone else noticed that when school is out, about half of the traffic goes away? When weather is crappy, it seems to slim down a bit too, which tells me that quite a chunk of the drivers on the road don’t really need to be out around here.