In an age where driving is the most popular means of commuting in the country each day, drivers can find themselves trying to avoid top annoyances like other people’s poor driving, rush-hour traffic and the cost of gas, CarGurus recently found.
The company’s new Commuting Sentiment Survey of 1,877 commuters found that most commuters in the U.S. — 53 percent —.
While there are alternative options when it comes to commuting each day, an overwhelming 72 percent of commuters recently surveyed by CarGurus drive. Just 10 percent take public transportation, 6 percent work from home, 5 percent walk, 3 percent use rideshare services and 3 percent bike, according to the company.
And many of those who drive often get aggravated.
When it comes to getting annoyed on the road, some drivers admit that they have been so bothered that it has caused them to show it outwardly. A considerable 51 percent of the same respondents said that a past commute has caused them to scream curse words, and 42 percent admit to “flipping someone off."
Meanwhile, CarGurus found that rush-hour traffic (47 percent) is the second most frequent aspect of driving that commuters find annoying, followed by the cost of gas (43 percent), driving in bad weather (31 percent) and other drivers’ road rage (29 percent).
“For those that regularly drive to and from work, commuting conditions should absolutely be a consideration when car shopping — they can make the difference between regret and enjoyment.” CarGurus senior editor Matt Smith said in a news release. “Factors like commuting efficiency, mileage variation, hilliness and weather are all important.”
Thirty-four percent of survey respondents said that they commute for convenience, despite the top annoyances that can make commuting uncomfortable, according to CarGurus. In fact, more than 70 percent of driving commuters just spend 30 minutes or less traveling one way.
For commuters interested in learning how to more effectively deal with the daily difficulties of driving, the company has produced the CarGurus Commuting Relief Kit, complete with digital assets that are designed to help relieve stress associated with commuting.
In addition to access to an infographic with insights from the CarGurus Commuting Sentiment Survey, the company’s new Commuting Relief Kit also includes an interactive map titled “Top Cars For Your Commute,” and a CarGurus-curated Spotify playlist.
According to CarGurus, the interactive map is fitted with location-specific car recommendations based on a metro region’s unique commuting conditions, and the Spotify playlist contains a line-up of driving-themed songs.
“In our ‘Top Cars For Your Commute’ analysis, we took all these factors into account, then looked at vehicle efficiency, horsepower, comfort and even alternative-fuel options to come up with our top car recommendations for specific types of commutes,” Smith added.