Auto Insurance Company Survey Finds Americans Maintain Positive View on Driving

Cars stuck in trafficLong commutes in traffic-clogged streets have become the stereotypical drive to work. However the Hartford Drivability Survey conducted by GfK Roper reveals that American drivers still have a positive view on driving conditions when compared to last year.

According to the survey, the average commuter spends 26 minutes getting to work, with 14 of those minutes spent sitting in traffic.

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveal that, in big cities and rural areas, travel times have been getting longer. A report indicated that reaching a destination during peak travel time took almost 10 percent longer in 2003 than it did in 1993.

The survey found that drivers are making use of their extra time in the car. Eighty-six percent of respondents said that they perform at least one other activity, such as eating or using their cell phone, while commuting to or from work.

“Driving is such an important part of our daily lives that it can affect our safety, our productivity at work, and even our general outlook on life,” says The Hartford Vice President Kathleen Bromage. “As an insurance company, understanding the driving experience helps us understand how to keep drivers — and their vehicles — moving and safe.”

Drivers in urban areas have traditionally tended to have a harder time finding the cheapest car insurance since these areas tend to have greater accident rates and higher premiums as a result.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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