All metro Atlantans know how hot summer can be in the city. As temps begin to rise, you don’t want to show up to work looking like a hot and sweaty mess. No matter what your commute looks like—walking, biking, driving or taking transit, here’s some tips for how to stay cool during your commute this summer.
- Start your day off with a warm shower- Cold showers actually cause your body temperature to rise to compensate for the cold, meaning when you get out of the shower you’ll warm up quickly.
- Stay hydrated- Drink a glass of water when you first wake up, and continue to hydrate throughout the day. If you’re feeling thirsty, that means you’re already dehydrated.
- Take your time- If you’re rushing to get ready for work, your body temp is going to rise. For these summer months try getting up a little earlier to give yourself more time to get ready and make your commute.
- Dress in light layers and bring extra clothes- This is especially important if you bike or walk to work. Wear layers to go from the hot outdoors into a frigid office.
- Invest in a small portable fan- This will come in handy if you arrive at work still hot from your commute. A small desk fan will do the trick to cool you down!
Cool down this summer and enjoy your commute. Find an option that works for you at www.GACommuteOptions.com.
Are you stuck in a rut? It’s easy to get into a habit of driving alone to and from work each day, even if there are many benefits to making a change. But, by changing your commute habits, you can gain more time and money, while also reducing stress.
Bernie Guzman is a metro Atlanta resident living in Gwinnett County and working in midtown, a 90-mile roundtrip commute from her home. Depending on traffic, Bernie would spend an hour to an hour and 45 minutes getting to or from work each day. The excessive amount of time she spent sitting in traffic in the car and the gas money it cost her led Bernie to try a new commute option. Thanks to Midtown Alliance’s Go Car-Lite program, Bernie began her new commute with transit options in September 2017.
“Rather than sitting in my car or waiting for traffic to die down, I’m more efficient with my time by using a transit option,” says Bernie.
What’s even better in Bernie’s mind? The savings.
“I was spending $150 a month just on toll roads – so that didn’t even include filling up on gas twice a week, which was an extra $35-40 each time. Now I can go an entire week without filling up.”
With the extra savings, Bernie has a standing movie and dinner date with her husband twice a month. And with less stress, Bernie enjoys getting to work unrushed and taking the time to enjoy her coffee before starting the day.
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For some metro Atlantans, the commute to and from work is the only “me” time they get all day. Taking transit or riding in a vanpool can be a great time to decompress by listening to music or reading.
Need some book recommendations for your commute this summer? We’ve got you covered:
- Best books to read on vacation this summer from Travel + Leisure
- 25 best new books for summer 2018 from Good Housekeeping
- 22 new books to read this summer from TIME
Riding with a carpool group? Audio books can be a great option as well:
- Best Audio Books of 2018 from Paste Magazine
- Best-selling audio books from Audible
- Best audio books of all time from INSIDER
Making the change to a clean commute option is simple, and a great way to get back your “me” time – we’ll even pay you for it:
- Gimme Five – Choose a new commute option to driving alone and earn $5 a day, up to $150.
- $25 rewards – If you’re already a clean commuter, we have cash prizes for you to enjoy.
- Gas cards – If your carpool has 3 or more riders, you’re eligible to win monthly gas cards.
Pick your next read and find a commute option that works for you at www.GACommuteOptions.com.
Planning your perfect vacation this summer? You don’t need to go far—sometimes the best vacations can be found in your own backyard. Try a staycation this summer, and experience everything metro Atlanta offers. Check out our favorite fun activities and the best commute option to get you there:
- Stone Mountain Park- One of Georgia’s most popular attractions, Stone Mountain has a variety of family-friendly activities including hiking, interactive shows and mini golf. Carpool with friends and family or take MARTA there. MARTA even plans your trip to Stone Mountain for you.
- Atlanta Beltline- This 33-mile network of multi-use trails is a great place to walk, jog and bike. You can take a bus tour, walking tour, or bike tour!
- Piedmont Park- Metro Atlanta’s biggest city park, Piedmont Park has many summer attractions including bike paths, trails, playgrounds, a honey bee exhibit and an aquatic center. The park is a short walk from the Midtown MARTA station and Arts Center MARTA station. You can also rent Relay Bikes next to both stations.
- High Museum of Art- With more than 11,000 pieces of art, the High Museum is metro Atlanta’s premier art museum. Admission is free for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. The museum is across the street from the Arts Center MARTA station.
- Center for Puppetry Arts- Visit the museum, watch a show or participate in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. It’s only a short walk from the Arts Center MARTA station.
For more information on commute options, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com/.