If you ask just about any Austinite what is the worst part about living here, the response you’d get is the traffic. Those who live inside the city limits can spend upwards of two hours per day moving at a snail’s pace through congested arterial roads or weaving their way through side streets that keep them moving but not gaining on time.

In recent years, Austin has also seen an uptick in traffic fatalities. Austin accidents range in verity and even strangeness: from pedestrians being hit while crossing I-35 on foot to motorcycles careening off flyovers – or distracted drivers choosing reading their text messages instead of watching the road. Whatever the case maybe, Austin has an abnormally high number of traffic fatalities.

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All this means you need to keep your wits about you while making your way to and from work or school. Plus, you need to maintain a calm mindset while you cope with the frustration of living your life in between bumper-to-bumper traffic. That can be easier said than done with extended commute times on virtually all of our major highways, but Austinites are innovators, so naturally we’ve found ways to make the best of it.

Here are 10 of ’em…

10.) Listen to some of Austin’s best podcasts

Much like streaming services have transformed the way people consume televisions shows and movies, podcasts are changing the way people consume audio content. More and more, people want their entertainment on demand.

If you’re a little tired of the same radio stations and the same music stored on your smartphone, give an Austin-based podcast a try. Here are just a few of the ones you can find when you search your podcast app of choice.

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Point of Discovery is produced by the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Science. Each month, host Marc Airhart takes you to the front lines of scientific discovery.  Episodes are fairly short, so you’ll need to add episodes to a playlist with other podcasts for when you’re making your commute.

15 Minute History is also produced by UT-Austin, but this time it’s the History Department on display. Episodes go a little longer than 15 minutes, but you get the point. The show is a joint project of Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at UT-Austin, and Not Even Past, a website with articles on a wide variety of historical issues.

If you want a few laughs, Last Gas Comedy has a line-up of more than a dozen Austin-based comedy podcasts. Find one that matches your sense of humor, and laugh away!

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