How far do you drive to work?

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  1. bewlove

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    Hey everyone! I am loving my school and have been setting up my classroom! But I've been feeling a little bummed about how far away it actually is. I was anticipating about 45 minutes, but with traffic it is a little over an hour. And school hasn't started, so I am not even hitting school zones. I am supposed to arrive at 7:10 in the mornings, so I will be leaving around 6:10 AM. Our school gets out at 2:45, but assuming that with it being my first year, I will be staying at least an hour after school each day. That will put me home at 5:00, if I leave at 3:45. I love what I'm doing, but I'm a little nervous. That's a long day!

    Ultimately I want to move closer, but financially moving just isn't an option right now. So I was wondering...how far do you all drive?
     
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  3. ku_alum

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    My drive is 17 minutes one way.
    It is the perfect amount of time to get pumped up in the morning and decompress in the evening.
     
  4. giraffe326

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    Last year, I drove 90 miles one way. About 75-85 minutes, depending on road conditions.

    This year it will be 5 miles, 7-10 minutes depending on how many lights I hit.
     
  5. yellowdaisies

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    I drive 20-30 minutes.

    I think an hour is doable for a year. Do you think you could move closer in a year if you really like the school?
     
  6. Pashtun

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    2.5 miles, one song on the radio
     
  7. Caesar753

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    About five minutes.
     
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    25.7 miles each way - mostly highway. Takes about 30 minutes in the morning and 40 in the afternoon.
     
  9. MrsC

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    7-9 minutes.
     
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    I drive four miles of rural highway.
     
  11. Go Blue!

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    About 45 minutes in the morning, an hour or so in the afternoon.
     
  12. gr3teacher

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    40 miles. It's about an hour in the mornings, and anywhere between an hour and five hours in the afternoon.
     
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    25 minutes -reverse traffic on the highway most of the way
     
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    25 miles, about 40 minutes or so. Really wish it could be closer, but am happy to have a job.
     
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    I did two years of twelve hour minimum days. It's tiring, but doable.
     
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    12 minutes, 15 if I hit all red lights.
     
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    40 miles one way
     
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    Last year it was like 48 mins in the morning and 1 h 30 mins to 2 hours in the afternoon back. It sucked a bunch since I had to leave at like 5:40 am to get there by 7 am in case of any traffic. Most days I made it by 6:30 though.

    This year I lucked out. I looked it up and it looks like it will be a 17 min drive. It is only 11 miles away from where we are moving. :D
     
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    It's about 25-30 minutes in the "off" season [before Thanksgiving and after Easter] and closer to 45-50 minutes in-season [Thanksgiving-Easter]. Usually 5-10 minutes longer in the afternoon than in the morning.
     
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    1.1 miles. To get through a whole song on the radio I have to wait a minute after I park the car.
     
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    15-20 minutes....

    Bewlove, Don't stress over a long drive. Find some favorite radio stations, or audio books to listen to. Get a nice commuter cup for your morning brew.

    Congrats on your job!
     
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    Mine is one mile exactly and it's less than one song. However I do have to drop my daughter off in the mornings so it takes at least two songs her school is about half way between my house and my school. This year she goes to the middle school. It's all the way on the other side of town. I might get to listen to three songs now. Lol
     
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    I drive about 20 minutes each way. In my area it's common for some commuters (in all types of careers) to drive over an hour each way. And they do this years. It's just not practical or affordable for many people to live near their work in my city. Or many choose to live far from the city so their kids can live in safer neighborhoods and attend better schools. These people often do long commutes their entire careers.
     
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    For the past six years, my drive was an hour and a half one way. I could not sustain it any longer, even though it was a nice school (though low-paying).

    I got hired by a new school for the Fall, which is much better paying and a 40-45 minute drive. I know that is still far for some folks, but anything under an hour is short to me!
     
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    30-35 minutes with no traffic- this time of the year.
    Anywhere up to an hour with regular traffic, or longer or a particularly bad day.

    Keep in mind you probably also won't want to be arriving the minute school starts as well. I need to pick up my kids at 8:15, which is when my contract time starts but I like to be there by 7:30 or so. My first year it as usually by 7, so I had time to prepare for the day. This also depended on whether I had my prep in the morning or the afternoon.

    It stinks, but you'll get used to it. I get a lot of my "reflecting" or thinking about new ideas time done in the car!
     
  26. bewlove

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    Thanks so much everyone! The good news is, she wants us there at 7:10 but school doesn't start until 7:45. So, if I were to be just a few minutes late, it wouldn't be as big of an issue. I think she wants us there 30 minutes early just for that safety net.

    It's not a bad drive. I'm glad to see there are others doing it. I don't mind it that much but everyone keeps commenting on what a long drive it is, which makes it worse in my mind. :(

    I'm loving everything else so far. I, too, am just so grateful for a job. I would have driven anywhere!
     
  27. gr3teacher

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    Take it from me, when dealing with traffic... get to school early in the morning and do everything then. Then leave as soon as your contract day ends. You won't deal with as much traffic if you leave early, and traffic gets worse after 4.
     
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    How is parking at your school? Our lot and adjacent streets fill up so later arrivals don't get spaces. I arrive early or carpool so I'm not impacted but it is something to consider.
     
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    My commute is about 50 miles round trip. If I gun it in the early mornings, I can get there in about 30 minutes. Going home, I tend to run into traffic so maybe 45-60 minutes.
     
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    This is good advice, I wish I had the self discipline to do that but I can never seem to force myself to wake up early enough.
     
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    It takes me roughly 35-40 minutes to get to school & 45-50 minutes to get home. I hate the commute, but love my school, so I'm more willing to do it.
     
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    My first job was 45 miles one way. That took 45 minutes to an hour twenty minutes depending on the day and time. Now I drive 16 miles. It takes me 25 minutes.
     
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    30 minutes - 22 miles. :)
     
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    I drove 35 minutes to my old school. I now have a 10 minute commute to my new school.
     
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    25 minutes to work. 40 minutes going home. Funny how it works that way!
     
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    15 - 20 minutes, normally. However, if I stay late and get caught in rush hour traffic, it can be 30 minutes or more.
     
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    I taught at a rural school and some teachers drove an hour and ten minutes from the city.
     
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    An hour each way. I teach at a rural school but live in a city. Moving closer isn't something I'd consider at this point in my life ... my friends and 'life' are where I live. It's nice to keep work and personal life separate. I think if I lived in the town I taught in I'd be at school all the time because there would be nothing else to do!!
     
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    I will be driving about 45 minutes each way. My daughter's daycare is about 10 minutes on the way. Hopefully, there will be some days that my husband can drop her off so she won't have to be there at 6:30am. He though works a very erratic schedule. I really like where we live and would not want to move closer, so hopefully everything works out.
     
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    I'm going from a 30 minute rural commute to a 30 minute mostly highway commute this year. I drove east in the mornings last year and will miss the beautiful sunrise vistas!

    I don't mind the length of the commute, but sometimes I do get "stuck" at school if there is something in the evening going on because it's too far to justify going home and coming back.
     
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    I drive 20 miles each way heading towards a city (so the same way as the traffic pattern). It ends up being between 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the day and what time I leave. In the mornings it is sometimes less since I leave earlier than I have to.
     

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