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Gridlocked: The Difference 10 Minutes Can Make in a Morning Commute

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

NBC 5 Investigative and Assignment Editor Don Peritz agreed to let us record his morning commute for five days. We have attached the videos below, but sped them up for time.

He altered his drive by 10 minutes every day to see how it impacted his time in morning traffic.

On Wednesday, Peritz left home at 8 a.m. He arrived at KXAS at 9:13 a.m. That's a total drive time of one hour and 13 minutes.

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

On Thursday, Peritz left home at 8:10 a.m. He arrived at KXAS at 9:05 a.m. That's a total drive time of 55 minutes.

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

On Friday, Peritz left home at 8:20 a.m. He arrived at KXAS at 9:16 a.m. That's a total drive time of 56 minutes.

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

On Monday, Peritz left home at 7:50 a.m. He arrived at KXAS at 9:12 a.m. That's a total drive time of one hour and 22 minutes.

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

On Tuesday, Peritz left home at 8:30 a.m. He arrived at KXAS at 9:27 a.m. That's a total drive time of 57 minutes.

Could altering what time you leave for work actually save you time on the road? NBC 5 decided to find out how much difference 10 minutes makes.

Based on our very non-scientific study based on Peritz's daily drive, 8:10 a.m. seems to be the sweet spot for the shortest amount of time in morning traffic.

This only goes to show, that leaving earlier is not always the best use of your time. Give the 10 minute change a try and see if you can shorten your morning commute.

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