It may not come as a surprise to you that Los Angeles is the city with the worst traffic congestion in the world. Due to the influx of travelers and a high population density, drivers in the region spent an average of 104 hours in traffic while traveling (that’s per driver) over the peak travel periods. That’s actually worse than New York, which came out with an average congestion time of 89 hours.
Interestingly, the United States is home to half of the cities looking at a top-10 list of the worst cities to drive in for traffic congestion. U.S. drivers, on average, end up waiting in traffic for 42 hours during peak times. Another city in California, San Francisco, ranks fourth in the world for congestion.
Congestion isn’t just bad because of how long it takes people to get from one place to another. It costs money. U.S. drivers spent an average of $1,400 each being stuck in traffic. Nationwide, that works out to around $300 billion. Without an increase in the number or sizes of roadways, this congestion is expected to get worse, not better, as time moves on.
Another problem with traffic congestion is the risk of a crash. Drivers who don’t look up or who get bored behind the wheel could make errors, making it more likely for people to get into fender benders or rear-end collisions. Those collisions, in turn, make it harder to clear up the congested roadways and result in even more hours spent waiting to get to your event or back home.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “No surprise here: Los Angeles is the world’s most traffic-clogged city, study finds,” accessed Dec. 01, 2017