On my front page you will see some estimated commute times, at least to the airport which gives you an idea of the commute into Boston. However if you are commuting between suburbs, which most people do, there is really only one way to predict the commute: Drive it. I have spent years studying traffic patterns and commuting tricks and this was long before I had GPS to help me. In order to make your commute enjoyable, you will have to make some decisions: Mark Snyder
1) Must I take the highway? - If you are commuting a fair distance, let's say from Attleboro to Boston or from Amesbury to Boston, there is a portion of your commute where you really need to be on the highway. So, the remaining commuter tips should be applied to the non-highway portion of your commute.
2) At what point am I better off on backroads? - If you are commuting up a major highway towards Boston, at some point you will get off the highway. The question is where. The answer is of course, at the point where the traffic starts to back up such that continuing the commute off the highway would be better. Now if you are commuting from Worcester to Boston, and the traffic backs up in Framingham on the Mass Pike, it is unlikely that you will get off there and finish your commute on back roads. You have too far to go. However, if your commute is to Wellesley, then it is possible that you will be better off exiting at Route 30 and using some secondary roads.