Commuting Survey: Traffic Has Large Impact on Commuter Stress

Many Americans have to spend hours each week commuting to and from their jobs. Studies have shown that waiting in traffic for these long periods of time can add stress and have other negative impacts. But how do everyday Americans feel their commutes impact their lives?


Commute Time

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 4% of respondents said they travel over an hour to work each day. Another 4% said they travel about 45 minutes to an hour. 7% said their commute is about 30 to 45 minutes. 13% said their commute is about 15 to 30 minutes. 13% said they commute less than 15 minutes to work each day. 6% said that their commute always varies. And 54% said they don’t have a daily commute to work.

Of those who do commute, 6% said that they always get caught in traffic. 11% said that they run into traffic most of the time during their commute. 27% said they get caught in traffic about half the time. 40% said they rarely get caught in traffic during their commute. And 16% said they never run into traffic.

Travel Methods

80% of commuters said that they take their own car or personal vehicle to work and they travel alone. 9% said they usually carpool to work with others. And another 9% said they normally take public transportation to work. Of those who travel at least a half hour to work, 11% said they carpool and 18% take public transportation.

Commute Stress

Just 9% of respondents said their commute gives them a lot of stress. 30% said that their commute somewhat contributes to their stress levels. 26% said that their commute only gives them stress on rare occasions. And 36% said that their commute never adds any stress. Of those who either carpool or take public transportation to work, just 3% said that their commute adds a lot of stress, but 41% said that it can be somewhat stressful. Of those who often run into traffic, 32% said their commute is very stressful, and 55% said that it is somewhat stressful.

Overall, 77% of respondents said that they have never taken any steps to adjust their commute. 9% said that they have changed schedules in order to avoid heavy traffic. 7% said they work from home at least some days. Another 7% said they actually changed jobs to cut down on their commute. And 6% said they have taken other steps to cut down on their commute, such as moving closer to work and changing their route.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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Results were collected on November 24 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.