A recent study has named the top 10 worst US cities to drive in, and the top spot probably comes as no surprise to anyone.
It’s Los Angeles. For the sixth straight year.
INRIX recently came out with its global study of traffic and road congestion for 2017. While the study is global and they have harsh words for practically everyone, the US ranks pretty high on their list of worst offenders when it comes to gridlock.
Topping the list of worst cities to drive in the world is Los Angeles, with the average driver spending a depressing 102 hours stuck in traffic last year. That’s more than four days. Moscow and New York City tie for second with 91 hours lost last year, with Sao Paulo Brazil San Francisco taking up third and fourth.
To get their data, INRIX has 300 million cars connected to their data collection servers as they drive throughout the year. The company quotes 5 million miles of road was studied to determine their worst offenders list. The study looked at 1360 cities in 38 countries, and of the top 25 worst cities in the world, the US owned 10 of them.
INRIX also takes the time to actually calculate a dollar value in lost productivity, based on wages in the area. According to them, the US lost $305 billion to traffic congestion last year, which works out to be $1445 per driver in lost productivity.
“Congestion costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars, and threatens future economic growth and lowers our quality of life,” said Dr. Graham Cookson, Chief Economist at INRIX. “If we’re to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, we must invest in intelligent transportation systems to tackle our mobility challenges.”
Interestingly, that’s not as much lost wages per person as it is in Europe where average pay is higher. In Germany, for example, the average driver lost $1770 by sitting in traffic.
If we were to broaden things to a more global scale, the worst countries to drive in are in Asia. Thailand and Indonesia are the worst traffic offenders globally, with Columbia and Venezuela taking third and fourth place. Russia and the United States take fifth and sixth.
Curiously, China isn’t on this list anywhere and considering that drivers sometimes spend literal days locked in gridlock, that seems a little suspicious.