There is nothing good about traffic congestion; that is something everyone can agree on. It is bad for the environment, hard on your car and your car's gas mileage, and rough on your body.

But what about your brain? Researchers have been studying the effects of traffic congestion on the human mind over the past few decades.

While they haven't yet found anything that is fully conclusive, the scientists have found some disturbing correlations. Here are some of their findings.

1. Congestion can cause stress.

Of course! Whether you're late getting somewhere or really just want to get home, stalling at an intersection while the light turns green more than once can make anyone itch with anxiety.

But stress itself can cause changes to your behavior, personality, and ability to make decisions. Studies have even suggested links from everyday...

In an ideal world, there would be no traffic congestion and we’d all get to work on time without any problems. Maybe we’d even teleport. But in our world, there are many factors that affect commuters’ punctuality. 

Some cities are friendlier to commuters than others, which comes down in large part to good city planning and plenty of resources for infrastructure and transit projects. Here are 10 of the things that make the difference between a good commute and a bad commute. 

1. Multiple routes
There are few things worse than having only one or two ways of getting from one place to another—and there being terrible traffic on the way. People who live in places that are connected by bridges understand this perhaps better than anyone else. 
Not being able to make a right or turn around...

Having your own car and being able to drive it everywhere is certainly one of the biggest marks of personal freedom in western society. But what about those people who can't afford a car, those who don't have anywhere to park one, or those who don't use a car often enough to justify owning one?

Car-sharing programs are a great alternative to having your own car. Usually all you have to do is sign up for an annual membership and pay a one-time fee for the privilege of being able to make reservations. Once you find out how to do that, you can reserve a car for whenever you need it, from the closest pick-up location to where you will be.

Zipcar, Enterprise Car Share, Hertz on Demand, Car2Go, and City CarShare are the most common car-sharing programs in the US, but...

Bicycling to work is the ultimate way to simultaneously avoid traffic congestion, reduce your impact on the environment, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But during the summertime—and in some parts of the country just about year-round—biking to work seems like a recipe for a smelly day.

Rather than avoiding bicycle commute altogether, check out these tips on how to arrive at work without looking like you just completed the Tour de France in record time.

  • Plan your route.

Planning out your bike ride ahead of time is an excellent way to eliminate hassle. To prepare, spend some time on a day off mapping out the best and fastest way to get to work. Bonus points if your route involves a dedicated bike path or bicycle boulevard.

Other things to consider include traffic crossings, road quality, and hills. Potholes or train tracks...

You leave the office, get to the freeway, and suddenly chaos strikes with citywide traffic delays. Remember the Highway 99 salmon truck crash in Seattle, Washington, that shut down nearly the entire city for a whopping nine hours this May? You can never be sure what sort of long wait you’ll be in for.

Although chances are good no salmon trucks will overturn on the highway in other parts of the country, the notion of nightmare traffic gridlock can be daunting. But being caught unaware by such a scenario doesn’t have to be every bit as miserable as it sounds.

If you climb into your car every day prepared for the worst, your commute will always be that much better. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable and nonplussed when other forces take traffic out of control.

1. Keep an emergency kit on hand.

Traffic or not, it’s always a good...

Looking for an amazing place for a road trip this summer? Come to Arizona!

WalletHub has ranked Arizona as one of the top states of 2015 for summer road trips. Arizona came in 11th place overall, after states like Oregon, North Carolina, and Wyoming. While it did not rank in the the top ten overall, Arizona’s impressive, economical lodging and driving costs earned it the number 2 spot in this category. It also received a ranking of 13 in the category of “Fun and Scenic Attractions”. It is not hard to figure out the reasoning behind these rankings when you consider the variety of experiences and destinations that Arizona has to offer, including large, metropolitan areas like Phoenix, and the natural beauty of cities like Sedona, Tucson, and Williams.

Sedona has received special...

Monsoon season has officially arrived in the Sonoran Desert! While the monsoons bring much appreciated rain and cooler temperatures, they also produce potentially dangerous driving conditions. To combat these dangers, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to educate desert drivers with their “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” campaign. This will be its fourth year in action. While this campaign focuses primarily on safety tips for driving during dust storms, all of these tips are applicable during the sporadic thunderstorms and flooding of monsoons.

Safety Tips

1. Don’t drive into the storm!

While it may be tempting to reenact that awesome scene from your favorite action movie, do NOT drive into an approaching wall of dust! Dust storms do come and go rather quickly, but being in the...

For many students and families, June marks the beginning of road trip season! But with so many drivers on the road, safety is always a main concern. Summer is, after all, according to many safety experts, one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Another concern is more economical and environmental in nature: how to keep it green on the road. As gas prices tend to increase during the Summer months, it is important to consider your options when it comes to making the most of your gas mileage.

Before you set out on your next Summer road trip, consider the following tips and tricks to keep it safe and green along the way.

1. Get a Trip Check or a Tune-Up
You should always pay a visit to your dealership or local mechanic to ensure your vehicle is in good, working order for a road trip. During a check or tune-up, a mechanic will make sure that...

We at Metropia Inc. often encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation when your schedule and location allow it, however we recognize that a whopping 86% of commuters here in the US are still driving (whether alone or in a carpool).

With this seemingly unshakable statistic in mind, we’ve decided to dig up some handy tips on how to improve the fuel efficiency in your car while you’re out there driving in your city. Better fuel economy means saving money, reducing oil dependence costs, reducing climate change, and increasing energy sustainability - sounds worthwhile to us!

Without further ado, here are some smart ways to keep your money and your fuel going further:

1. Set your tires to the right...

Using the Metropia App to drive a better city is an excellent way to make your community happier and healthier, but we at Metropia thought we’d give you some suggestions to keep the good vibes going beyond your daily driving!

Your city, your community, your street, your neighbors - all of the places and faces you connect with your environment are what make your home so great. So then, why not use your time to make a positive effect and fall even deeper in love with your little corner of the world?

Here are just 5 of hundreds and thousands of great first steps to take to make living where you do even better.

1. Be a kind neighbor, be a friendly face.
With this one we don’t mean you absolutely must bring a dozen freshly-baked cookies to any new neighbor who moves in (although it couldn’t hurt). What we really mean is treat others the way they...

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