DC Has Foul-Mouthed Drivers: Report

Dan Taylor

A new survey claims that commuters in the D.C. area are most likely to feel “annoyed, angry, and exhausted.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Lots of cities around the United States have bad traffic, but nowhere else in the country are drivers more angry, irritated, and foul-mouthed than here in D.C., according to a recent survey.

Cars.com commissioned an online survey in April that looked at national and regional behaviors of commuters and what bad habits they have while driving, compiling 1,636 responses that comprised of a national sample with the remaining evenly distributed between five metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and D.C.

The survey found that D.C. commuters were “most likely to feel annoyed, angry and exhausted when driving, and more often take out their frustrations by swearing,” according to a Cars.com statement.

Our commutes are the longest, tied with Los Angeles, and 20 percent of D.C. commuters admitted to “reading on their smart devices while driving” compared to 7 percent nationally.

“With the average commuting time totaling 21-23 minutes nationwide, which is even longer in the five cities analyzed, commuters aim to make the most of their time in the car with 79 percent designating their commute for me-time and relaxation,” the statement adds.


Here’s how the survey describes the other four cities:

  • Atlanta Brings the Southern Hospitality with an Edge: Atlanta’s commuters are most likely to drink iced tea and least likely to be annoyed or angry behind the wheel compared to the other four cities surveyed. However, Atlanta drivers do have a rebellious streak – they’re most likely to not pay attention to speed limits and most likely to text while driving.
  • LA’s Road Warriors: There’s not a lot of love in Los Angeles for commuting as the city’s survey respondents hate their commute the most and are most likely to be stressed while driving. The city also ranks worst for commuter friendliness, commuting time (tied with Washington, D.C.) and congestion. Notably, Los Angeles residents are most likely to give up their vehicle for an autonomous car (41 percent compared to 28 percent nationally).
  • Houston’s Car Time is Me-Time: Houstonians often feel content while driving and think their fellow drivers are courteous. They spend their time in the car eating and drinking and listening to audiobooks. Commuters admit to being distracted by their smartphone (even shop) and picking their nose!
  • Chicago’s Zen Commuters: Like Houstonians, Chicago commuters feel content and happy when driving. In fact, they’re most likely to be “zoned out” or daydreaming while driving. They have one of the best commutes of the five cities in terms of congestion and traffic, and spend their drives singing, listening to music and drinking coffee.

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