The typical American commute time has been steadily rising since the 1980s. On average, an employee has a 26-minute commute each way to work. Also, over ten million citizens said they commute more than an hour one way to work. The cost of driving to work adds up quickly, with hidden repair costs, gas prices, wear and tear on your vehicle, and other fees constantly cropping up. Different ways to help cut down your commute time include working remotely, biking or walking, taking public transportation, or ride sharing.