News & opinion 14 Ways to Beat Houston Traffic

14 Ways to Beat Houston Traffic

Houston Traffic

Houston is kno

n fo

m

ny things.

mong them: the

odeo, N

S

,

nd t

ffic.

High

y 290 is noto

ious fo

bumpe

-to-bumpe

t

ffic. The

o

ds bet

een I-10

nd

estheime

e

nightme. The

est Loop’s ch

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ive you loopy.

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ondee h

ve

gg

essive d

ive

s. T

ffic even t

kes

toll on you

he

lth, st

essing you out

nd spiking you

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nd pollutes the

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ding to mo

e he

lth p

oblems fo

d

ive

s

nd individu

ls living ne

m

joo

d

ys.

But

ith the city’s huge size

nd limited public t

nspo

t

tion options, m

ny Houstoni

ns

e fo

ced to commute.

hen you’

e f

ced

ith th

t long, d

unting t

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o

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nd you’

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some solutions, you might he

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to be

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1.

void

ush hou

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ing up

n hou

befo

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shift begins

nd t

iddling you

thumbs in the p

king g

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c

n you

void Houston’s

ush houhile still m

n

ging you

time efficiently?

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    ve home elie

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    nd h

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2. T

ke

sho

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If you kno

the b

ck st

eets of Houston

ell enough, you c

n find some

lte

n

te

outes th

t c

n s

ve you time. But

tch out fo

ed lights on side st

eets - you might be

ble to zoom

fe

miles do

n the f

ee

y in

m

tte

of minutes, but if you ventu

e into the side st

eets of the Heights o

Mont

ose, be p

ep

ed to

ccount fo

long

it times

t stoplights.

3. Check the

e

the

fo

ec

st.

lys check the

e

the

fo

ec

st

hen you ke up in the mo

ning. If

o

ds on you

oute

e p

one to flooding, h

ve

lte

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inclement

e

the

is b

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ing, p

ep

e you

self foe

the

-

el

ted del

ys o

ccidents.

4. Pl

n ound events.<

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t’s

little mo

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edict

ble th

n the

e

the

: people.

heneve

speci

l events o

conventions e t

king pl

ce in Houston, tffic

o

sens. Highys ne spo

ts st

diums c

n be p

cked fo

hou

s befo

e

nd hou

s

fte g

me. Ensu

e yououte does not b

ing you th

ough

t

ffic j

m of

ttendees.

ddition

lly, be mindful of

hen school lets out

nd if you’ll go th

ough

ny school zones on you

oute. No one

nts to get stuck behind

school bus.

5. Modify youo

k schedule.

Le

ving 15 minutes ely c

n m

ke

ll the diffe

ence. See if you

employe

ill let you come into

o

k e

lie

nd le

ve elie

, effectively be

ting the Houston

ush hou

. Technology is You

F

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l time. Check in du

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nd see ho

things e going so you’ll knoh

t to expect –

nd

he

e to

void.

7. Use

ze.

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n fo

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p

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tion fo

Ube

d

ive

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nd Lyft d

ive

s.

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uction, Houston's tffic p

tte

ns c

n be unp

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ble, but th

nks to its info being c

o

dsou

ced,

ze h

s

n

stute

bility to look fo

lte

n

te

outes

nd notify you of upcoming t

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uction zones, police, occidents in

e

ltime. ze, Google M

ps,

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ps,

nd m

ny othe

GPS

pplic

tions c

n

lso estim

te futu

e tffic p

edictions

nd ET

s, so you c

n check

nd pl

n

he

d.

8. Get

n EZ T

G

nd t

ke the

oll

o

ds.

Some people

nt to

void toll

o

ds

heneve

possible, but those p

ths might be

ble to signific

ntly t

im do

n you

commute time. If the

e’s

toll

o

d on yououte, t

ke

moment to do the m

th

nd see if the time you’ll s

ve is

o

th the coin

ge you’ll d

op. If you’ll be f

equenting Houston’s toll

o

ds, get

n EZ T

G fodded convenience. You c

n o

de

one online

nd

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nd you’

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get fishing fo

spe ch

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nd K

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ccept p

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9. Do

nlo

d

udiobooks

nd podc

sts to listen to.

Sometimes be

ting tffic doesn't me

n

voiding it, but enjoying it inste

d! Fill up you

phone

ith

udiobooks

nd podc

sts th

t inte

est you,

nd use you

commute p

oductively by exp

nding you

intellectu

l ho

izons.

Opt Out – Le

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cs on ouo

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hile this go

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tely

equi

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u

b

n pl

nning

nd public t

nspo

t

tion systems, you c

n do you

p

t tod

y in one of the follo

ing

ys:

10. C

pool.

nd get the

dded bonus of using the HOV l

nes! Cpooling

ith co

o

ke

s, cl

ssm

tes, o

f

iends

ill

educe pollution

nd s

ve eve

yone g

s money. You c

n

lso use

idesh

e se

vices fo

c

pooling.

11. Bike o

sk

te.

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s e

ough, so

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me you if you b

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vi

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some commute

s. You’ll s

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s

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se of bumpe

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t

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12. D

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13. P

ck you

lunch.

The lunch

ush - bet

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.m.

nd 1:30 p.m. – is

bit lightend is mostly confined to Houston’s city st

eets inste

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ys, but

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e you still nt to

void it. Du

ing

lunch b

e

k, eve

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14.

o

k f

om home.

hen

ll is s

id

nd done, you’ve got to

dmit the

e’s no bette

commute th

n th

t 5-step stumble f

om you

bed to you

home office. If it m

kes sense fo

you

p

ofession, spe

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employe

s

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position pti

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enti

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