Which is more effective at managing the stress of the busy commute?
A new study from Oxford University and Harvard Business School suggests that the most efficient route for getting to work in the UK is the one where people stop for coffee and eat at lunch.
The researchers looked at the impact of traffic congestion on people’s travel times from point A to point B. They found that when the traffic is high, people are likely to make the most efficiency improvements.
Read moreWhat’s more, they found that the least efficient route, by far, was the one people stopped for coffee at lunchtime, and it also resulted in the most optimal results.
The researchers say their results suggest that, if we are looking to reduce the impact on our environment and our health of our busy commute, a combination of traffic management strategies is likely to be the best option.
The study, published in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Transportation and Environment, looked at a range of traffic conditions across the UK, from peak traffic, to relatively relaxed conditions and a combination.
They also looked at how people responded to the changes.
A study published in April this year found that a reduction in traffic congestion caused people to spend a larger proportion of their time in transit.
But the Oxford University researchers found that this was a very short-term effect and the long-term results are more complicated.
They argue that, because people are more likely to respond positively to a short- and medium-term reduction in congestion, it could be more beneficial to consider a long-run plan to help them reduce the amount of time they are in transit and in their cars.