Your commute to work probably involves a car, a cup of coffee, and a few minutes stuck in traffic. Let’s be honest, a few hours is more like it.

What do you do during your time in traffic? Do you waste it staring at the license plate in front of you thinking of all the combinations of words you can make with the letters? Do you listen to a podcast? Have you considered live tweeting your traffic experience in a fit of sarcasm? It makes sense why traffic happens, but you don’t have to be victim of traffic.

In this post, BriteBee offers eight ways you can take advantage of your minutes stuck in traffic with some safe alternatives to scrolling through a twitter debate or numbing your brain with the next Buzzfeed listicle about celebrity handbag fails or first-year parent mistakes.

Now, before we get into these eight activities, be sure to remain safe at all times, pay attention to the road, and do not multitask. Your safety is of greater importance than finishing one more page of your book. Remember, if the car is in motion, your eyes should be on the road!

Eight Things to Do While Stuck in Traffic

Thing #1 – Listen to Music or a Podcast

This can be a fun experience if you have a playlist on your phone, use Spotify, or pay for satellite radio! One of our latest discoveries is Apple music, which lets you play any song on iTunes at your leisure for less than $10/mo. This is a great way to find the latest trending songs, practice learning lyrics, or even just getting access to all our your favorite artists without paying $1.29 per download.

Podcasts are also an opportunity to engage your brain and add some variety into your week. For business folk and entrepreneur minds, our team loves “How I Built This” with Guy Raz. BriteBee also hosts its very own podcast called The Hive Five: Real-life stories, the struggles of adulting, and celebrating the small victories in life. Listening to a new podcast will keep things fresh, and give you some conversation topics to share with others.

Thing #2 – Read – no, LISTEN – to a Book

No, not a book on your digital device and not even an actual paperback book. We are talking about audiobooks! One of our personal favorite places to find books online is Audible. Nonetheless, the knowledge and wisdom shared in books (or audiobooks) these days is beyond reproach. It’s vast, usable, and enlightening. Take advantage of your stop and go traffic time and listen to a book.

Thing #3 – Organize/Clean your Car

This may be tricky to do while in traffic, so we recommend only trying this is your vehicle is at a complete stop. While your at a stand-still, you can at least get the trash in and around the driver’s seat organized on the floorboard of the passenger seat. It will give you something to do for a few minutes and make you feel productive rather than sitting there doing nothing. Bonus points if you keep travel sized Armour All wipes in your console for a quick dashboard dust!

Thing #4 – Call Family & Friends with Bluetooth

If your excuse for not calling your family is because you are “too busy,” then it’s time to bust out the bluetooth! Yes, get your mother, father, sibling, cousin, or other family member or friend on the phone and catch up.If you don’t have bluetooth, put the phone on speaker and use your seatbelt to hold it in place near your face. This is a personal favorite that our team enjoys coupling with drive time, not to mention that it allows you to give complete focus to the conversation rather than multitasking while you visit.  Who knows, it may even become a routine!

Thing #5 – Personal Hygiene on Point

Your nails a little long? Got some ear wax building up? Now is the time to get that taken care of while you’re bored. What’s better, you can make this a daily or bi-weekly routine to keep your appearance looking top-notch on your way to work. Get some travel-sized personal maintenance items next time you are at the grocery store – a nail file, clear polish, cotton swabs, wisp toothbrushes, floss – and show up to your destination feeling fresh.

Thing #6 – Reminisce on Memories or Give Yourself a Pep-Talk

Take some time to think about all the good things in life. Exercise some gratitude toward the life you’ve been given. Think about those you’ve helped and those who’ve helped you along the way. Consider where you would be without the help of others. How can you help someone make progress today? Don’t forget to give yourself a pep-talk. You are you and THAT is your power. Even you need encouragement – so don’t forget how awesome you are.

Thing #7 – Tweet your Traffic Experience, Live

Yes, we essentially condemned social media earlier in the post, but what if you start your own hashtag for the highway you take each morning, tweeting about events, thoughts, and sarcastic remarks to people you see in their cars doing the same thing you’re doing? It could be a fun time, and it will get your creative juices flowing before work starts. Social conversations are continually on the rise and this could be a way to make new acquaintances or expand your network. Just remember: if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all and don’t tweet and drive! P.S. – If you haven’t already, check out Waze and contribute to helping outsmart traffic!

Thing #8 – Shop for insurance with BriteBee!

You may be thinking this is impossible with the way online insurance quote tools are setup. Fortunately, BriteBee has created a platform you can use to search, share, compare, and communicate with insurance agents all from an app on your phone. No longer do you need to field dozens of calls or filter through hundreds of spam emails. You can control the entire experience.

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BriteBee does not support distracted driving, including the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Please Bee aware of your surroundings and drive defensively for your safety and the safety of others!