As a freshman long distance commuter, I have already discovered a few very important tips! Here are three tips from a first time commuter!
1. Sleep over homework!
Homework is important but, sleep takes precedent. Being tired while driving is not worth staying up all night. Get sleep to prevent having an accident. Falling asleep behind the wheel is too big of a risk to take, so try to finish your work during breaks in the day!
2. Keep extra... everything in your car.
It's a good idea to keep items like extra clothes, shoes and even toiletries in your car. You never know when you'll get soaked by rain or have an impromptu sleepover because you're too tired to drive home. Even keeping snacks such as granola bars can come in handy! It's also a good idea to keep a standard emergency kit in case of well...emergencies. As the type of person who always likes to be prepared, this tip is crucial!
3.Make an epic playlist!
There is nothing worse than radio stations that never seem to be playing music! By making a personalized playlist you not only make the most of a mundane drive but, you also have the option to change your music day to day. I also find this to be a safer option than fiddling with radio buttons while dealing with morning rush hour, just press play and forget about it!