RALEIGH — Having lived in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and Atlanta, I'd have to say that Raleigh traffic isn't too hard to take. Let me hasten to add, ordinarily I don't drive any where near I-40 and RTP on my way to and from work. Frankly, when relocating to Raleigh, I deliberately settled in an area convenient to my work.
When I do have the misfortune to be caught in the RTP traffic, the congestion problems are plain to see. Here are the tricks I've used for years and that still work:
Leave early, stay late - you've probably got plenty of work to do anyway.
Become familiar with neighborhood "cut-throughs" and alternate routes. Better to move slowly than sit in traffic. Do not speed in residential areas!
Keep up-to-date, relevant city maps in the car within reach of the driver. More than once I've used a map to discover a way around road-work in an unfamiliar area of town.
Drive courteously, even if you are late. What goes around, comes around, and being polite will no doubt save you from at least one fender-bender.
If all is lost and you're stuck in traffic - take three deep breaths, put on some music, and start listing your blessings beginning with the fact that you
a job and a car to sit in!