With time spent on the road reduced, it would inevitably lead to a better quality of life where there would be an increase in productivity as well as time to be spent with loved ones.
DASH aims to bring us, a healthier, more rounded lifestyle through saving us both time and money. By using DASH, we will be more able to arrive home in time for dinner with our family and not having to travel with the contemplation of traffic condition.
Sleeping in for an extra 45 minutes daily may not seem like much to some but these minutes do add up. Furthermore, being stuck in traffic could also have a long term impact on one’s mental health.
According to studies those who experience congestion more than three times a week and those who commute a longer distance see distinctly higher stress levels. Women were also shown to be affected more as opposed to their men.
This daily stress is not something that should be taken lightly as medical studies have shown that those of us who experience high traffic stress also have the lowest health and greatest symptoms of depression.
We may think that the frustration we feel while driving along a congested road is a given and we may not give it much thought but in actual fact, the risk it poses is greater than we may think. Stress levels are often taken into consideration alongside diet and physical activities when diagnosing certain diseases and stress is certainly a great contributor to many ailments.
This ranges from autoimmune disorders to obesity and even heart conditions. Knowing all this, it is imperative for us to minimize our risks by at least cutting down on traffic related stress.
This is what DASH is offering – increasing our quality of life and alleviating stress. While it is something that may not be accurately quantifiable to a decimal point, it is no less important than the savings of dollars and cents.
A little more time with the family, a little more time with our loved ones every day or even just more time to spend on ourselves, doing what we like. Isn’t that what everybody wants?
DASH ensures that we dictate our lifestyle and not the state of traffic of the day.
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*Disclaimer: Information is correct at the time this article was written.