"I know it sounds corny, but I talk to God in the car," says Shanley. "I also do life evaluations, goal evaluations and think about the big picture questions like, 'Am I on track with my life? Why am I here? Where am I going?'"

Shanley admits he doesn't always find answers to his questions before his commute is over, but he enjoys adding what he calls a spiritual element to his drive.

"Every time someone cuts me off, instead of getting mad, I send them a blessing and a prayer," he says.

You can also think of your commute as the alone time you've been craving. Welcome it as a time to think, dream and work on your goals. No screaming kids, no nagging spouse, no barking dogs ... just you.

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No. 1: Fill your tanks

Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day. But when you're pressed for time, it's one of the first things you neglect to do.

While you don't want to be gobbling down a full meal behind the wheel, swerving from lane to lane as you wrestle with that bowl of cereal or stack of pancakes, you can still fill up without be a hazard to everybody sharing the road.

Prepare something healthy the night before and grab it to go in your car. That way you won't get stuck in the line at the drive-through with everyone else who decided to eat on the road.

Consider some fresh grapes or some raisins. Try a handful of almonds. Perhaps a smoothie you can drink through a straw will sate your appetite. Just about anything healthy and easy to eat while keeping your attention the road and that nasty morning traffic jam will do.

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