The average person spends about 2 weeks of his or her life waiting for traffic lights to change from red to green, according to Snapple. For many of us, it’s hard to believe we actually spend that much time sitting in our very own cars just aimlessly waiting on traffic lights.

Let’s not forget about any additional time spent dealing with traffic jams. Although the results are rather frustrating, you can try to win back a little time by taking an alternative route. To avoid congestion problems, you can use a driving app like Google Maps to better plan your commute and avoiding problematic traffic areas.

According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, about 41% of delays occur in the mid-afternoon to overnight outside of peak hours.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of living out in the county where traffic backups and lights hardly even exist. Or maybe, you don’t think of it as time wasted sitting behind the wheel. Try using this time to reflect on your day or listen to your favorite book on audio.

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