NW Poll

Northwest commuters prefer being behind the wheel

Sunday, September 16, 2018by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, despite a shared frustration for traffic delays, a whopping 94 percent of commuters say they prefer to drive themselves to work, rather than opt for another mode of transportation. How about you? How do you choose to get from point A to B?

When you are commuting to and from work or school, or out doing errands or other activities, what form of transportation do you most often use?

TotalOR
9494I drive myself
1011I walk
97I take the bus
66I use a carpool or vanpool
44I use light rail
11Other

Thinking about the transportation you use to get around most often, why do you use that form of transportation most often?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
7475Most convenient
4947Fastest or most efficient
2222Least expensive
1717Most relaxing
65Prefer to conserve resources
33Other
11Don’t know

Thinking about the form of transportation you use most to commute or go to and from regular activities, if you could easily do whatever was necessary to make it workable (for no extra money), what changes would you make?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
5251None—I wouldn’t make any changes
1518I would drive myself more often
1415I would walk more often
1210I would take the bus more often
1110I would take light rail more often
1113I would ride my bicycle more often
96I would use a carpool or vanpool more often
11Other
33Don’t know

Thinking about the form of transportation you use most to commute or go to and from regular activities, if you could easily do whatever was necessary to make it workable (for no extra money), what changes would you make?

Oregon
DriveOther
5329None—I wouldn’t make any changes
1735I would drive myself more often
1516I would walk more often
1017I would take the bus more often
1015I would take light rail more often
1318I would ride my bicycle more often
613I would use a carpool or vanpool more often

Typically, on an average week day, about how many minutes do you spend commuting to and from work or school, or going to and from your regular activities or errands?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
1720Fewer than 15 minutes
272615 – 29 minutes
272830 – 59 minutes
131360 – 89 minutes
141390+ minutes
50.548.0Average # minutes

On a typical week day about how many miles do you travel while commuting to and from school or work, or going to and from your regular activities or errands?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
1516Fewer than 5 miles
21215 – 9 miles
242410 – 19 miles
141520 – 29 miles
9830 – 39 miles
141240 miles or more
21.920.8Average # minutes

Over the past year or so, has the time you spend on the road getting to and from work or school, or doing other errands or activities, increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
3233Increased
5758Stayed about the same
109Decreased

Over the past year or so, for which of these reasons has your time on the roads increased?

TotalOR
391196On-road time has increased
5353More traffic
2528I moved
2421More construction
2023Changed jobs
1718More stops along the way
1515Changed the route I take
65Changed the form of transportation used

Over the past year or so, for which of these reasons has your time on the roads decreased?

TotalOR
1255On-road time has decreased
3538Changed jobs
3322Moved
139I retired or work less than before
1222Change in activities
57Change in route traveled
54Changed where I work from

What is the most amount of time you’d agree to spend on the road commuting or doing errands before you’d get very serious about making a change (like moving your home so you’re closer to work or school, or like going to a different school or getting a different job to be closer)?

TotalOR
855423Those who answered
161830 minutes or less
343431 – 60 minutes
212261 – 90 minutes
161591 – 120 minutes
108121 – 180 minutes
43Over 180 minutes
82.179.2Average minutes

In the past year or so, what actions have you taken specifically to improve your experiences with getting to and from work or school, or getting your errands or other activities done?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
5961No specific actions taken
1312Changed work schedule to avoid the heaviest traffic
1111Moved so that I’m closer
1010Changed jobs
97Changed method of transportation used
77Other

Some people talk about being “stuck in traffic.” For this question, please assume that being stuck in traffic means that the number of other vehicles on the streets or highways forces traffic to move slower than the posted speed limit. When you’re stuck in traffic, which one of these situations irritates you the most?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
3533When it seems to be about the same number of vehicles but the way other drivers are driving causes traffic to move more slowly
2626When there are simply more vehicles on the road than normal
1514When there’s construction or road repairs that causes a slow-down in traffic
1012When there’s an accident on the road
76When there is malfunctioning traffic equipment (like a traffic light) that is causing the traffic to slow down
44Other

When you are stuck in traffic, how anxious or irritated does it typically make you feel?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
75Extremely anxious or irritated
1615Very anxious or irritated
5049Somewhat anxious or irritated
2123Not very anxious or irritated
56Not at all anxious or irritated

When traffic is heavy, which (if any) of these things do you sometimes do in order to deal with it?

TotalOR
1216603Those who commute/do activities
5757Drive on back roads, side streets or change my regular driving route to use less crowded streets
3433Adjust the times I drive to avoid the worst of the traffic
2727Use GPS-based way-finding apps to learn the least crowded streets
912No changes made
75Use public transit
76Continue to drive without making changes, but feeling like I’m suffering
65Use ride sharing, carpooling or public transit to take advantage of HOV lanes
44Drive more aggressively so I can get in and out of traffic faster

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.​

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