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Traffic jams delay family reunions and frazzle commuters. According to a recent Urban Mobility Report, we spend 4.2 billion hours sitting in traffic each year, burning through the equivalent of 370,000 tanker trucks of fuel. A men's magazine polled male readers to get the answers to these questions:
  • 53% of men said traffic is not a major stressor in their life.
  • 47% of men said traffic is a major stressor in their life.
  • 34% of men spend 30 to 60 minutes a day commuting.
  • 27% of men spend 0 to 30 minutes a day commuting.
  • 26% of men spend more than 1 and a half hours a day commuting.
  • 13% of men spend 1 to 1 and a half hours a day commuting.
  • 84% said they do not carpool to work.
  • 71% said commuting with their significant other would not improve their relationship.
  • 76% say the root cause of congestion is drivers.
  • 78% say they would support legislation that encouraged employers to vary work schedules like weekend workdays and 4 day work weeks, to ease congestion.
  • 56% of men do not think road construction projects designed to improve traffic flow ever work.
  • 70% of men said they never get impatient and try to jump ahead in long lines of traffic.
  • 68% of men said they think "line cutters" are thoughtless, selfish jerks.
  • 52% said distracted drivers pose the greatest threat on the road.
  • 25% said divers under the influence pose the greatest threat on the road.
  • 65% said they have never been a victim of road rage.
  • 56% of men said they'd been in one or two traffic accidents.
  • 22% of men said they'd been in no traffic accidents.
  • 22% of men said they'd been in more than three traffic accidents.
60% of men said if they could triple their salary but would have to commute three times as far, they would do it.
  • 71% of men said they rarely use public transportation.
  • 41% of men said if gas prices doubled permanently tomorrow, they'd deal with it.
  • 41% of men said if gas prices doubled permanently tomorrow, they'd drive less.
  • 86% of men said they would prefer to travel by high speed rail if the prices were reasonable.
A Men's Health poll asked, "What commuter driving habits annoy you most?"
  • 24% said driving too slowly
  • 19% said chatting on the phone
  • 15% said tailgating
  • 13% said not letting me merge
  • 12% said swerving between lanes
  • 8% said texting
  • 3% said applying makeup
  • 2% said driving too fast
  • 2% said reading
  • 2% said driving outside the lanes

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