Traffic Survey: Americans Driving Less, Spending Less Time in Traffic

A Recent Study from Texas A&M said that American travelers are getting stuck in traffic less often than they used to. But it might not seem that way to many commuters. Do Americans think they’re spending more or less time stuck in traffic now than they used to a year ago?

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In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 13% of respondents said they never get stuck in traffic. 41% said they rarely ever get stuck in traffic. 7% said they get stuck in traffic about once a month. 9% said they sit in traffic every few weeks. 13% said they sit in traffic about once per week. 11% said they get stuck in traffic a few times per week. And 8% said they get stuck in traffic every day.

Driving Changes

Just 22% of Americans said they think they spend more time stuck in traffic now than they did a year ago. 30% said they think they spend less time stuck in traffic now than they did a year ago. And 48% said they spend the same amount of time in traffic as they did last year.

In general, just 13% said they drive more often now than they did a year ago. 32% said they drive less often now than they did a year ago. 42% said they drive the same amount. And 14% said they don’t drive at all.

Technology

Overall, 60% of respondents said they own some kind of GPS or mobile maps application. Those who own such devices were 5% more likely to say they get stuck in traffic every day, and 6% less likely to say that they never get stuck in traffic.

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.

Photo Credit: Driving Cars in a Traffic Jam from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on February 5 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
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.