We all like to have a good moan about the traffic, don’t we? If the weather isn’t doing anything particularly interesting it’s the next safe topic of conversation in awkward social situations.

The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that traffic is getting worse. But with more cars on the road in the UK each year, is this inevitable?

TomTom don’t think so. As part of the Dutch company’s mission to reduce traffic congestion for everyone, they have just launched the TomTom Traffic Index, measuring congestion in 295 cities worldwide. Take a look at this blog post to see what they found out.

The stats make for interesting reading! Did you know:

  • Belfast is the most congested city in the UK
    • The average driver in Belfast will spend 195 hours, or 8.1 DAYS stuck in traffic each year
    • Congestion is up 1% in 2015 vs 2014
  • London is the second most congested city in the UK
    • The average driver in London will spend 149 hours, or 6.2 DAYS stuck in traffic each year
    • The most congested day of 2015 was Thursday, 9th This won’t be much of a surprise to Londoners with a good memory as this was a Tube Strike day: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-33456830
  • Manchester is the third most congested city in the UK
    • The average Manchester driver loses 44 minutes in traffic each day – a total of 169 hours a year, or 7 days. That’s a whole week in Manchester traffic! Imagine all the things you could do with an extra week!
    • If you live in Manchester and think that the traffic is getting worse, you might just be right. TomTom Traffic Index has Manchester traffic up 5% from 2014 to 2015.
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The TomTom Traffic Index looks at how much longer a journey would take during rush hour compared to normal

But the TomTom Traffic Index isn’t just there to tell us tales of doom and gloom, it’s there to help reduce the congestion on our roads and give us that lost time back. Less traffic jams, more time playing with the kids, or even getting you to the pub half an hour earlier (don’t worry, we won’t tell!).

All very positive, all very idealistic – but how? TomTom’s top tips include:

  • Plan Ahead – Even if it’s a trip you make every day, look before you leave. Check out the road conditions, spot any accidents or jams on the road and consider alternatives. You can do this by visiting TomTom MyDrive, even if you don’t have a TomTom.
  • Tech Is Your Friend – Of course, TomTom recommend driving with a TomTom. While knowing the picture before you leave is a huge help, nothing beats having live, up-to-the-minute traffic updates. And if your sat nav suggests an alternative, dare to trust it!
  • Change Your Routine – If you know that your daily commute is always a congestion nightmare, can you change it? Can you leave half an hour earlier in the morning, and clock off half an hour earlier?
  • Check the TomTom Traffic Index – Look it up on Google, take a look at your city and your area – understand the situation and take on board the impartial advice you’ll find from some of the world’s traffic experts.

Want to get kitted out and see if you can cut down on the time you spend sitting still? There’s 15% off all TomTom sat navs until the 28th March.


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It’s not just the UK – TomTom’s Traffic Index looks at congestion all over the world.

Figures based on increase in driving time based on free-flow traffic (congestion free and based on an average commute of 2 x 30 minute journeys per day, for 230 working days of the year).

TomTom Traffic Index is based on over 10 trillion data points as well as the most detailed and accurate real-time traffic information in 47 countries.

The information contained in this blog has been produced by TomTom NV and is for general information purposes only. Halfords makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to this blog. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, the information contained in this blog. Any queries should be forwarded to TomTom NV directly.

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