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The Air Force saw fit to give me orders to Washington DC this summer. Given the horror stories of traffic and mass transit, I'm curious if people find Challengers to be less viable there than other locations.

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I live in the DMV area for many years, and DC is no different from the other major cities to drive in. Just watch out for some weird one way, turns, and etc. Your challenger will be fine I promise.

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A lot depends on where you are going, where you are starting out from and the time of day. Rush hour is pretty awful. Downtown DC can be bad any time and an accident, rain storm, snow storm or even bright sunshine can cause gridlock pretty much anywhere. Like Minion said there are lots of one way streets and places where the street just ends and you can't get there from here.

My #1 recommendation is to live as close to work as possible. I commute 30 miles each way and I don't go into DC. Generally 50 minutes in the morning and 60 in the afternoon and I'm before rush hour really gets going. My personal record 1 way is 3 hours 10 minutes. That was a very special day.

As far as the Challenger it's really no different than any other car, except maybe a bit bigger. There are lots of high end cars in the area and people daily drive them without too much trouble. If you're easily frustrated by traffic and people doing stupid things be prepared to spend a lot of time being mad.

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Lived in DC area for 23 years. Traffic is very bad mostly due to volume and bad drivers. That being said, you will have no problem with your challenger. It handles great and has good visibility.

Where you live in relation to your work is key. For example, if you have to come in from the south on I95 or the west on I66, you will be hating life as these roads are parking lots for single drivers. If you meet HOV requirements your commute will be much easier. Timing your commute and listening to traffic reports will help a lot

All in all, aside from commuting, there will be plenty of times when you can get out and have some fun
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