December 10, 2008

Award for woman who commutes 534 miles

A Nova Scotia woman who makes a 534-mile roundtrip commute to work three times a week has won a $5,000 award package from Goodyear Canada.

The tire manufacturer ran the Canada's Longest Commuter contest from September through November, and chose Leslee Nicholson, who makes the marathon trip to Halifax each week.

Nicholson works as a program development coordinator, and said each week she spends about $150 on gas for the 27 hours she's on the road, Goodyear said in a release.

People say life is a highway, and in my case, they're not kidding, she said.

Her prize package includes new Goodyear tires, gas money and a range of maintenance services and products.

A poll commissioned by Goodyear found 25 percent of commuters saying they would accept a pay cut if it meant a shorter commute to work, and 13 percent said they've considered quitting because of the drive.