How far do you drive (and are you willing to drive) for work?

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  1. Em_Catz

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    My first school was literally only 3 minutes away. My current school is about a 10 minute drive (15 - 20 if traffic/weather is bad which is rare). I really like being so close because some mornings are harder to get up than others so if I sleep in a little later than usual, I can still get to work on time/early.

    Personally, unless I work at a late school, I don't want to spend 30+ minutes commuting.
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Depending on how I hit the lights, anywhere between 7 and 12 minutes. I've gotten very spoiled, I've been within 15 minutes of school for the past 15 years. It would have to be an awfully amazing opportunity to make me consider a longer commute.
     
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    I am only about 7 minutes away (driving) from my school. However, I used to teach at a HS (not here but in the states) about 40 minutes away from where I lived. I don't think I would want a commute too much longer than that.
     
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    In Houston, we joke that it takes at least 20 minutes to go anywhere. Our city is physically huge (about 600 square miles compared to Los Angeles at 460), so you have to plan on driving...a lot...no matter where you live in the city. Most of my friends commute about 30 minutes to work, and my drive is about 20 minutes.
     
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    I drive about 25 minutes each way; I wouldn't want any more than that.
     
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    5 minutes here. I drove 45 minutes to student teach and I got used to it, but I wouldn't do it now with kids because the daycare drop off adds 15 minutes or so to the mornings.
     
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    I drive 50 miles round trip every day... School hours are early enough that I miss rush hour. It is what it is. I love my school, but I would like to move closer.
     
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    It was about 2 minutes, but I've accepted another job. Now my commute will be about 20 minutes (pending weather). I've actually missed the commuting time! I love listening to music and it gives me time to unwind.
     
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    I have a 30 minute commute which I don't mind except for when the weather is bad. It can take over an hour to get to/from school in the snow since we don't have snow days. I would love to get a job at the school up the street. I would definitely walk most days!
     
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    It takes me 45-50 minutes. I don't mind it though. I love where I live, and I love where I work.
     
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    First job was about 40 minutes
    Second job was 30 minutes
    Third job was 5 minutes
    Fourth job was 15
    Current job is 40 minutes

    I do like the time to listen to music/gear up or decompress for the day that the commute gives me, but I miss being in the same district as my daughter.
     
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    About 40 minutes. This is the farthest that I am willing to travel. Unless I could not find a job at all….
     
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    My commute is 15-20 minutes. I honestly didn't even look for a position much further away than that so I suppose I got lucky. :)
     
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    It takes me 10-12 minutes to get to school depending on how many traffic lights I hit. I used to live 20 minutes away and it was such a pain for me because I never knew when I'd hit traffic on the highway. I don't think I could drive more than 25 minutes to school.
     
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    I commute 35 miles each way. In the mornings there is no traffic and it takes about 40 minutes, but in the afternoons, traffic can be horrible and it can take over an hour. I would definitely not be willing to commute further, and I'm actually looking at teaching in my home town to avoid commuting altogether!
     
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    It takes me 10 minutes to get to work.
     
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    My high school is approx. 15 miles from where I live. My commute will be around 20-30 minutes because of a couple of school zones. The area is a rural area so there shouldn't be a ton of traffic.

    This probably the furthest I would want to commute unless there was an opportunity that I just couldn't turn down. I am changing careers to have more family time and I don't want that taken away in a commute!
     
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    My new job is a 40 minute drive. I'm hoping to move closer in a few months. It normally wouldn't bother me that much, but I don't want to drive so far when I have a new baby

    All of my jobs have been at least 20-25 minutes. I didn't mind that drive at all.
     
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    I missed the good news that you had gotten an offer. CONGRATS!!!
     
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    It's good to know that I'm not the only one who has gotten spoiled! :lol: I interviewed at a new school yesterday that I liked well enough. However, from where I currently live, the commute would be at least 25 - 30 minutes, possibly longer depending on traffic. My current school I'm able to access via the highway, which is how i can get there so fast.

    This new school, well even if I take the highway, it's not right off the exit. After getting off the high way, I'd have to drive on side roads which have about 7 lights (which don't seem to sync up well) before I could turn off to the school.

    My husband was teasing me last night because his commute is about 1.5 hours unless (in his words) "the subway throws up" (delays, bomb threat, someone has a baby/needs medical attention, etc) in which case it's taken him as long as 2 - 3.5 hours to get home. If he drives, the traffic is still pretty bad, so it'll take him 1 - 1.5 hours.

    When we move, he says his dream is to have a commute that's only 30 minutes, whereas 30 minutes to me sounds like a nightmare!
     
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    It takes me 10-12 minutes. I'm lucky compared to some of my colleagues who drive 30-45 minutes. The principal drives over an hour!
     
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    WHAT?! Wow, that's some serious dedication. There's a teacher in one of the upper grades who I hear drives close to an hour to get to school. I love teaching, but considering how early we have to be at school and the nature of our work, I can't do a long commute.

    My husband works in a different field, and while he's got busy times, his day in some ways is more relaxing in that the things he takes for granted (going to the bathroom when you want, not waiting in line to use a malfunctioning copier, earning overtime for late hours, being able to sip a leisurely cup of coffee at your desk during slow times, walking to the breakroom w/o being stopped by students/other teachers/parents/administration), having your own space instead of sharing one room with 25+ other small people, etc) are hard to come by as a teacher.
     
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    I am driving 90 miles each way. Since construction has started, it is taking me an hour and 20 minutes. 80 of the miles are expressway and none is a heavy traffic area.
     
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    Do you enjoy the commute, or do you think you're going to try and find a job closer to home?
     
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    Yikes!
     
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    I hate the miles on my car more than I hate the commute. It gives me a lot of time to think. But I'd prefer to spend at least 2 of the 3 hours doing something else ;)

    I am looking, but I am being pretty picky. Now that I know 100% that I will be in 3rd in the fall (if I return), I've decided to be even pickier. I was looking in about a 45 mile radius. I'm going to tighten that up a bit to about 20 miles. Maybe 30 for the right district.
     
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    I commute about 20-25 minutes right now, 20 miles. When we move, my new job will be about 20-30 minutes away, 23 miles.

    I like the length of my commute most of the time. I like having time to decompress and listen to music.

    I don't think I would do over 30 minutes.

    HOWEVER, I would rather do 45 minutes with no traffic than 20 minutes in heavy traffic. I'm fortunate that my current commute has no traffic, and my future commute has some but it's not the heavy LA traffic I am used to down in SoCal.
     
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    I live 25 mins from my school. However the traffic is so bad in the mornings (bumper to bumper, just barely moving everyday) it takes me 50. If I leave my house even just a minute late it takes me even longer. I hate it, but I love my school so I deal with it.
     
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    When I first started teaching, I drove about 50 minutes. That was way too long. 30 would be my limit.
     
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    My first school which was in the same city I live in was a 20 minute commute. My current school is in a neighboring city but my commute is only 12 minutes. I drive the back roads and am only on the freeway for less than 1/4 mile.
     
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    My school is less than 10 km away (about 6 miles) but because roads here suck so bad it takes me about 20-25 minutes driving. If there's traffic (which happens at least once a week) it's about 45 min. When I took the bus it was more like 1.5 hours (without traffic)

    (I like seeing the answers on here. My esposo has lived within walking distance of his job for the past 14 years. I'm trying to tell him that in the USA it's common for people to commute over 30 minutes to a job. Not that it's a preference, but it happens.)
     
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    I don't want to drive more then 30 minutes. My current school is about 15 min.

    I've driven as much as 40 min.
     
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    My commutes have varied from four minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes one way. The four minutes definitely has spoiled me.
     
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    I live about 40 miles away. I've made the trip before in anywhere from 35 minutes to 4 and a half hours.
     
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    Between 30-50 minutes depending on traffic. (Or 95 the other day- eek!) Mornings are usually worse, but afternoons have been bad lately too. It's not too far, but I would like to be closer someday just because of the traffic. Without traffic, I wouldn't mind at all. I don't want to be teaching my backyard, running into students and families all the time, but that's just me.
     
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    Google maps is telling me it will be 53.2 miles and about an hour drive. I applied for this job before I made a commitment to move to another part of town. Where I live now, it would have roughly been a 15-20 min drive.
    But, with the way the job search had been going for me, an hour drive is better than no job at all.
     
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    I drive about 15 minutes, and wouldn't go past 30 minutes for a job unless I was desperate.
     
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    My first school was a mile from my house. Then we got a new school, and I doubled my drive to two miles. A few years later I bought a house and doubled my drive again. Now I drive a whopping four miles a day. It's rural road, too. Doesn't take long at all.
     
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    Depending on traffic it's anywhere between 30-40 minutes. The morning commute isn't bad, but the drive home is terrible. I love my school so I'm willing to do the drive, even thought I hate it.
     
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    I envy my coworkers who live close enough to their jobs to walk. I sometimes wonder would it be a pain to see my students more often, but the money it would save me on gas would be great.
     
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