Do you think commuting in a car is relaxing?
If so, think again.
A new survey reports that about a third of the 2,000 commuters feel “agitated or stressed” out before they even get to work. Those feelings probably come because car commuters, on average, spend about 580 minutes in the car each month — or about five days per year.
There’s more bad news, the survey done by Batteries Plus Bulbs found.
● About a quarter of Americans will complain about their commutes.
● About three quarters feel guilty if they are late.
● About 25 percent said they believe their managers do not think commuting issues is a reason to be late.
And despite all the talk about working with employees because they may have to live far away from the job site, about 26 percent of those who responded said their managers are not sympathetic to their commuting problems.
The good news is many commuters are thinking about switching from the one person car commute.
About 22 percent have considered a different way to commute, in part because a third want more relaxation when going back and forth to work.
An easy option to help commuters
Commuter benefits are one way to help commuters both get away from commuting via car and having a more relaxing experience. See how it works here.
With commuter benefits, employees can save up to $270 each month from their paychecks tax-free. The money is used for commuting costs, like public transit, rideshares (Uber and Lyft) or qualified parking.
Ultimately, more people using commuter benefits can help a business save money on payroll taxes and get more cars off the road. Since employees save money without paying taxes, payroll taxes decrease. A company with 50 employees can save $24,000 annually, for example.
If commuter benefits sound like the right thing for your business, download our 101 Commuter Benefits 101 Guide: