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California Drivers Survey

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, recently conducted a survey in which drivers from Southern California were asked about their driving preferences, habits and largest annoyances. Most people polled (40%) said Long Beach to Los Angeles is the most difficult corridor to drive, with Anaheim to Los Angeles (25%) coming next.

The survey, which was presented to more than 450 drivers in Southern California during the month of April, found that out of all features in a car, including more advanced options like collision avoidance, Southern Californians think the horn is the most important feature. This could be because it helps them communicate with other drivers on the road.

1. Which part of Southern California do you reside?

  • Irvine – 21%
  • Santa Monica – 18%
  • Anaheim - 15%
  • Pasadena – 12%
  • Newport Beach – 9%
  • Los Angeles Metro – 9%
  • Long Beach – 6%

2. Which part of Southern California do you work?

  • Long Beach – 18%
  • Los Angeles Metro – 18%
  • Santa Monica – 15%
  • Near LAX – 9%
  • Ontario – 9%
  • Irvine – 6%

3. What is the worst part about driving in Southern California?

  • Feeling like I’m being judged by Hybrid/EV drivers (for not driving one) – 25%
  • The number of large trucks on the road – 25%
  • Speeding drivers – 21%
  • Other drivers – 15%
  • Road rage / angry drivers – 9%
  • Traffic – 3%

4. Would you consider driving and electric car?

  • I’d consider for it the environment – 28%
  • I already do. Everyone should. – 25%
  • Totally! I’m all about saving the planet – 21%
  • No way, I like my cars traditional with gasoline – 18%
  • I’d consider it to save on gas – 6%

5. How much of a daily toll charge would you pay to drive on a new expressway that had little congestion?

  • $15 per commute – 31%
  • $10 per commute – 31%
  • $1 per commute - 18%
  • $20 per commute – 9%
  • $5 per commute – 9%

6. What kind of driver are you?

  • I would be a fantastic getaway driver the way I weave through traffic - 43%
  • I am the definition of road rage. Every other driver on the road is my enemy - 21%
  • I believe slow and steady wins the race – 15%
  • I try to be mindful of other drivers on the road – 15%
  • I avoid driving as much as possible – 3%

7. What’s the most difficult corridor to drive?

  • Long Beach to Los Angeles – 40%
  • Anaheim to Los Angeles – 25%
  • Fullerton to Torrence – 18%
  • Pasadena to Santa Monica – 12%
  • Other – 3%

8. What’s the most important car feature for driving in southern California?

  • Horn – 40%
  • Collision avoidance – 25%
  • Air conditioning – 18%
  • GPS – 12%
  • Other – 3%

9. What’s the most overrated car feature?

  • Sunroof – 34%
  • Rear back-up camera – 25%
  • Lane departure warning system – 21%
  • GPS – 18%

10. How frequently would you like to have a different car?

  • Every 24 months – 31%
  • I like to hold on to my car for as long as possible – 21%
  • Every 18 months – 21%
  • Every 36 months – 9%
  • Every 12 months – 9%
  • Every 6 months – 6%

11. Which type of car would you like to see banned from Southern California?

  • SUV – 31%
  • Sports sedan – 25%
  • Family sedan – 15%
  • Luxury car – 9%
  • Hybrid/EV – 9%
  • Minivan – 6%
  • Pickup truck – 3%

12. How would you like to shop for your car in the future?

  • Make it like a smart phone where I rent it for 2 years and then exchange for a new one – 40%
  • Keep everything the same I want to buy from a dealer – 37%
  • Make it like Saturn where you didn’t have to negotiate the price – 12%
  • Buy online and have it delivered to me – 9%