• Apr 20, 2006

Auto repair shop chain Midas has declared Dave Givens to be the ultimate road warrior, with a daily round trip of 372 miles, earning him the America's Longest Commute award. Every day, Givens drives from his 7.5-acre ranch in Mariposa, CA to his electrical engineering job at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA (Google Local says that it's "only" 159 miles one way, but maybe Givens takes a few trips around the block at either end because he likes to drive so much). The stated reason for this is the enjoyment he receives from living in a rural area, although we're not sure how much time is left after his seven-hour commute. All that time is spent in a 2005 Honda Accord, which already has nearly 75,000 miles on the clock after nine months of ownership.

The Federal Highway Administration says that the length of the average commute increased by about 5% from 1990 to 2000... we're thinking that Givens himself might be solely responsible for that increase.

[Sources: North Country Times; Google Local]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The trip from Merced to Mariposa is a one way straight shot (although much of it is twisty and well patrolled). However, there are a number of ways to do the Merced to SJ run. The shortest way is probably not the fastest. Especially when 101 NB is considered.

      That being said, having been to Mariposa a number of times, I can definitely understand the desire to be out there.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not really that impressive. I lived in the SF bay area during the tech boom. I worked with several folks that lived 200+ miles away but would not commute it every day - they'd have a 'crash pad' somewhere near the job.

      I would wager a significant sum there are dozens of people in Montana who wish they'd heard of this contest...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha ... my 'commute' is a 15 minute walk from home to my office (along a pretty scenic part of town too). At least hes not driving a honkin' SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7 is right - it doesn't add up.

      And isn't it interesting that he works for Cisco? You know - the company that extols the virtues of telecommuting (because it increases demand for the networking products that Cisco sells). You've got to imagine that this guy would prefer to work from home at least some of the time. If he actually does commute five days a week, then Cisco has some 'splaining to do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow!! I like to drive but that's too much time wasted in a day. I wonder if he has kids.... :-(
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forget cars, the guy needs an Airplane, I'm sure he's got a grass strip nearby, and Reid Hillview Airport in eastside San Jose is not THAT far from Cisco on Tasman, He could probably catch the light rail.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this guy tests the top speed governor of his accord daily (to make sure it is still there)
      And since he doesn't have a carburetor, I doubt he changes his oil every 3000 miles. He could go every 10,000 miles since it is all highway type miles.

      How about cisco work on a transporter so they could 'beam' him from home to work in 7 seconds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How truly sad, spending your life behind the wheel of an automobile. I feel sorry for this guy and any kind of family he might have. Is your time worth nothing?
      • 8 Years Ago

      He cannot telecommute - his job as an electrical test engineer requires him to physically handle the equipment under test.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Interesting, the longest commute I ever had in California was 77 mile one way, I love to drive but after a year, I decide I had too much windshield time away from family.

      I like my commute now, 5 minutes walking, a couple of minutes riding my bike, unless I take a "shortcut" through our state park past the 2 lakes and river, then it's 45 minutes.

      It's great for gas mileage too.

      #3 Great point
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's really a shame is that it takes high gas prices to get retards like this guy to stop it.

      They should have a sense of values that tells them they've got it all wrong - even if gas were free. Sme Americans have lost their compass. I don't often interfere in my adult kids' lives, but if my son-in-law spent that many hours not raising my grandaughter I'd kick his ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Interesting how a post on an H2 will illicit a huge stream of flames, yet this irresponsible jackass pollutes far more than an average SUV driver, gets an award for it, and no one has anything to say (save for RossL, who is dead-on)
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