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UK spends up to 66 hours a year sitting in traffic

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New research by INRIX Europe has shown how much time motorists in the UK spend sitting in traffic jams and which days are worst to drive.

Traffic jams are a problem for every motorist at some point which is estimated to increase travel time by 17% and can cause accidents. Particularly in bigger cities such as London sitting in gridlock traffic is normal but many motorists don’t realise how much time is wasted.

The research revealed that the UK spends more time sitting in traffic compared to France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. The UK was also listed in the Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities across 13 European Countries that were analysed for the study.

The city that wastes the most time in traffic in the UK is London with 66 hours per year being wasted and the worst day to drive is on a Friday between 16:00 – 17:00. The second city spending a lot of hours was Greater Manchester with 45 hours per year and the worst day to drive is on a Tuesday between 9:00 – 10:00. The third city was Liverpool, drivers waste around 39 hours per year and Wednesday between 16:00 – 17:00 is the worst time to drive.

Overall for the UK Friday is deemed to be the worst day to drive and the worst evening commute, Tuesday is the worst week day morning. However the best week day for traffic is a Monday, the best week day morning is a Friday and the best time to commute is on a Friday between 07:00 and 08:00.

Stuart Marks, Senior Vice President of INRIX Europe commented: “So goes traffic, so goes the economy, traffic congestion is an excellent economic indicator telling us whether people are going to work, businesses are shipping products and consumers are spending money.”

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By Amanda Bainbridge