6 Ways to Enjoy Your Pittsburgh Winter Commute

Winter weather often takes the rush out of rush hour, so we found a few ways to make that extra time behind the wheel, or on the bus, more (gasp!) pleasant.

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How was your commute Tuesday? Please, no four-letter words. Pittsburgh’s first real taste of a winter commute resulted in the usual delays and disgruntled drivers. But your daily commute doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing journey through the snow and sludge.

With the help of your smartphone and some pre-planning, it actually can be enjoyable.

If you drive to work:

  • Listen to music in a new way. Create mood boosting playlists throughout the week that will put you in a good state of mind to start your day at work.
  • Have a one-way conversation with some virtual friends by subscribing to a podcast that discusses one of your interests — such as movies, a book series or business. Many podcasts are available on YouTube without a subscription and range between 10 and 90 minutes.
  • Have someone read you a book for free. Audible, an online subscription-based audiobook library, offers users one free book per month. If you find longer books, you may never have to buy one.

If you take public transportation:

  • Go shopping. Many retailers (Target, Walmart, Amazon) offer free smartphone apps that allow users to shop with a few taps. Burn through those Christmas gift cards while somebody else worries about traffic.
  • Teach yourself how to do something new on YouTube. While sitting on the bus, queue up YouTube with cooking, painting, hair styling or crafting tutorials.
  • Take a MOOC. Several universities in the Pittsburgh area offer free online classes called massively open online courses, or MOOCs. Learn about the renaissance art, what to do in the event of a disaster or nuclear science.



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