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8 Ways to entertain yourself in rush hour traffic

By Flint Stephens | Posted - Dec 8th, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Increasing traffic congestion is a top concern among many Utah residents, according to a study by the Utah Foundation. As one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, traffic along the Wasatch Front is likely to continue increasing for the foreseeable future.

Next time you are trying to merge from I-215 onto I-15 southbound after 4 p.m. and you end up with 20 to 30 minutes of down time in

Play basketball. Obviously you can’t use a real ball. You can, however, get one of those mini plastic rims and attach it to the window on the passenger side. Then shoot hoops with one of those small foam balls until things start moving again. If you are more into football, baseball or soccer, you are probably out of luck.

Fish for cars

OK, perhaps the only prize you'll reel in will consist of humorous looks from drivers around you. Nevertheless, stick a fishing rod out an open window and pretend to fish in the traffic. Every now and then pull back on the rod and reel frantically as if you just got a bite from a big one.

Who knows, you may become the next viral sensation on YouTube.

Features, features and more features

If you're the type that prefers not to draw any extra attention to yourself (masks and fishing), you can just spend the time taking mental notes of features you'll want in your next car. Heated seats? DVD player with theater surround sound? How about satellite radio or a touch screen interface? Your mind can take you to great places.

Salt Lake City pegs the average local commute time at 21 minutes, less than the national average of 25 minutes. But anyone who drives frequently in the Salt Lake metro area knows that an accident or inclement weather can play havoc with those averages. So hopefully these items will give you somet great options to keep stay entertained on the days when your commute doesn’t go as planned.

Flint Stephens has a master's degree in communication. He is an author and writes a parenting blog.

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