Leadfoot is for commuters, day trippers, salespeople and anyone else who spends too much time on the road. Not truckers. Their workplace is the road. They’re trained for the long haul. The rest of us poor schmucks have to figure out how to survive it.

I speak from experience. For the past two years, after taking a job 99 miles from home, I’ve spent 3½ hours a day on the road. In the winter, it’s more. Much more. A few facts about me: I’m a woman. I was 54 when I took this job. My previous job was four miles from home. Every other job I’ve ever had was within 10 miles of home. I either walked, rode my bike or took public transportation. Needless to say, I had some adjustments to make.

Of course, you learn to strategize. And I don’t just mean sussing out the best exits to fuel up. I mean the best ways to stave off boredom, stay alert and, most of all, avoid getting pulled over by the popo. Leadfoot is a catalog of my ongoing odyssey and the personal strategies I’ve developed along the way.

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