Love your daily commute? You’re not alone, study shows

Sina Fattizzo recently moved to Kemptville and has no problem heading south on Hwy. 416 at the end of the workday.

“I always found when I lived in the city, by the time I got home, I was still just jacked from the day,” said Fattizzo.

“I’d almost have to go into a room just to decompress.”

Now, it takes Fattizzo 25 to 30 minutes — time she uses to catch up on phone calls or blast tunes.

“By the time I come home, I’m relaxed,” she said.

“I’m ready to come in the house and start supper right away.”

Turns out Fattizzo isn’t the only who doesn’t dread the drive.

Canadians actually enjoy their commute and find it relaxing, says a report released Wednesday from Toronto advertising agency Bensimon Byrne.

Three quarters of commuters reported being in a better mood after their haul.

“The results are an eye-opener and contradict the prevailing narrative of commuting, which is often conveyed as long and negatively affecting our work-life balance,” said Bensimon Byrne’s managing director of strategy, Max Valiquette.

“In fact, our findings show that having some time to relax and rest, or a few quiet moments to reflect, is what makes commuting so important and desirable.”

D’Arcy O’Donnell of Carleton Place has a 15-minute jaunt to Perth but said he doesn’t mind commuting “upwards of a half-hour. It’s reasonable. You can relax … have your coffee,” said O’Donnell.

Two-thirds of Canadians gauged their commute at 30 minutes or less.

But forget carpooling — the study revealed 75% of respondents wanted time alone, something Valiquette called a “precious commodity that commuters are embracing.”

While transit users may face a more difficult commute, they relax or rest during that time.

Half of the people polled said they drive a car, truck or van as their primary mode of transportation, while 25% use public transit, 14% are automobile passengers, and the remainder walk or cycle.

Nearly three quarters of drivers reported listening to AM or FM radio often, if not always, compared to public transit users, who tended to consume a wider range of media.

“Listening to music is a big part of it,” said Fattizzo.

“That, alone, makes you happy, right?”

Valiquette said it has marketing implications for everything from radio ads to billboards.

Twitter: @kellyroche6


-44% of Ontarian commuters look forward to their commutes while only 13% dread them.
-79% are generally in a better mood after their commute while 25% are in a worse mood.
-Commute times in Ontario are more likely to be longer; 43% of Ontarians have a commute of 30 minutes or more while only 36% of all Canadians have such long commutes.
-Ontarian commuters are more likely to primarily use public transit than the average Canadian (31% vs 25% nationally); 18% bus or streetcar, 10% subway or elevated rail, and 3% commuter train.
-In terms of the mental, emotional and physical health impacts of commuting, Ontarians are no different than the rest of Canadians; in as much as commuting has any effect on health, it is overwhelmingly positive.
Source: Bensimon Byrne

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