Transcript for How to spend less time commuting and more time with family
cover story on how to hack your Becky Worley got in the car with the head of waze to find out how and joins us from San Francisco. Hey, Becky. Good morning, Michael. Be thankful you're already at work. Get this the average American sits in traffic 97 hours a year. For commuters it's worse. In Chicago, the average 69 minutes a day to and from work, New York, 81 minutes, you guys, it's awful out there. So hacking even a few minutes off your commute can really add up to less stress. Commuting is a nightmare. Why is there so much traffic? I have been sitting at the same stop sign for ten minutes. Reporter: This morning we're going to hack your commute. Driving from the suburbs of new Jersey into New York City with noam Bardin, CEO of waze finding out what we can do to make the drive a little easier. So I've input our address. 55 minutes to go 11 miles. 11 miles. That's a morning commute. Reporter: 115 million Americans commute each day and it can cost as much as $5,000 a year to drive to and from work. Our commutes are getting worse, traffic is getting worse. It's getting worse because we have more and more cars on the road. The cars are set to double by 2040. Reporter: So first hack, to beat the hoards of humid think about when you drive. This tool in waze estimates travel time based on historical averages so for this commute into Chicago, leave a little earlier at 7:06 instead of 7:18 and your total drive time would be 18 minutes shorter. Remember mapquest. They're still around then they have a network of live traffic cams in their app. Pretty helpful. Next consider a route rethink. Taking a different route can save you time. Reporter: Surface streets can be more stressful. Does honking help? It helps emotionally. Makes you feel better. You're doing something. Okay. I feel better. Reporter: But the biggest new thing in making commutes faster and less expensive, carpools organized by apps. Carpooling is amazing but carpooling is a hassle. We want to take the hassle out of carpooling. Reporter: Waze carpool asks you to input where you live, where you work and when you need to be there and connect drivers and passengers. Even debiting riders to pay a small amount to drivers that is meant to help cover gas. Some drivers making as much as $150 a month. Well, last month alone, waze put 500,000 carpoolers together so try it once. Maybe it's a game changer in shortening your commute and oh, yeah, saving the planet too. Great hacks. That's it. Hey, Becky, always good to see
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