Northwest drivers reluctant to honk their car horn

According to a new poll from PEMCO Insurance, three out of four drivers in the Northwest refuse to honk their car horns at other drivers, even in the driver is distracted.

The poll found that 78 percent of drivers in Oregon and Washington say they rarely or never honk their car horns, and 55 percent say that laying on their horn is impolite.

But despite their unwillingness to honk their horn, 74 percent of those surveyed say honking is the right way to tell drivers to pay attention.

“While Northwest drivers definitely face a lot of frustrations on the road – from gridlock to construction slow-downs to slippery streets – our roads seem noticeably quieter compared to other more vocal regions,” said PEMCO Spokesperson Derek Wing. “Our poll revealed that drivers here agree: just under two-thirds believe we honk less than drivers in other parts of the U.S, perhaps confirming our overly polite Northwest driver stereotype.”

For a complete summary of PEMCO’s poll results, visit, where you’ll find the responses collected by FBK Research of Seattle in May 2017.