What are the most important aspects for a comfortable commute for frequent travellers?

January 14, 2019

A lot of people commute daily to and from work, but how many actually enjoy it? For commuters, what makes for a comfortable and relaxing trip, and do public transportation sufficiently satisfy people?

In Britain, the average worker spends 139h/year commuting – adding up to 19 standard working days. Travellers often say that they are wasting their time while commuting.

Commuting should be time efficient

A total of 51% of adults say that their most frequent journey is the journey to and from work. For these people, 34% say that they experience congestion most or all of the time on their commute. A big priority for frequent commuters is time efficiency. Unfortunately, the bus and train commute is often slower than driving private cars. Commuters do not easily accept a longer trip to and from work, as their current trips are often too long already. Researchers from the UK found that an potential extra 20 minutes on your commute is met with the same negative effect as receiving a 19% pay cut.

Commuting distance shouldn't be too long

Distance travelled is also important for people. The distance on average people travel to work has been steadily increasing. People do not want to take buses or trains with multiple stops and detours to reach their final destination. Over 76% of Americans commute by car, while only 9% of workers carpool.  A lot of people choose to commute by active modes if the distance allows it. Biking or walking is increasing in popularity because of the freedom it entails, and because of the environmental benefits.

Commuting should be comfortable

Comfort is very important for frequent travellers. Commuting correlates with negative health effects. Reports show that longer commutes results in high blood pressure, reduced task performance, negative mood, a stiff neck, tiredness, lower back pain, a difficulty in focusing, and anger. Comfort is also essential in that there should be seats available for everyone, or commuter satisfactory level will be low. This is also evident in the trend that as people get older, the more they prefer commuting by car.

Commuting with Passenger

With Passenger, on the other hand, you are guaranteed a comfortable commute with friendly people. The distance travelled is the shortest possible for you, with minimal detours to reach your destination. Passenger is on demand, meaning that you never have to think about timetables or standing and waiting for buses that never show up or are cancelled. Passenger’s pricing system makes your commute affordable as well, where you never pay more than 35kr/10km.

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