How accurate are WSDOT's travel times?

A lot of people depend on the Department of Transportation's drive times to get to work on time each morning.

We asked on Twitter and Facebook - if you think those drive times are accurate - and the overwhelming response was "no."

But our tests revealed the opposite.

For two mornings, Q13 News photographer Fernando Ochoa and reporter Alexandra Lewis hit the road. They clocked nearly 10 hours and tracked 10 different routes throughout Western Washington.

Take a look at their results below:

The Department of Transportation does the same kind of test two times a year, testing all of their routes. And their research shows travel times overall are 84% accurate.

For the next week, we're taking an in-depth look at the transportation issues impacting everyone in our community. Watch Q13 News each morning 4:30-10.

Two essential tools to track your commute: