Are traffic jams driving you up the wall?
Traffic jams are the no doubt the much-dreaded part of a motorist’s daily commute. Sometimes when we’re stuck in a jam, the roads just never seem to end.
Although the number of cars on the road are regulated through the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) and variable cost tolls through Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries, traffic flow is still stagnant during peak hours.
Singapore ranks 38 out of 146 cities in the TomTom Traffic Index, which compares congestion level on a global scale. Out of the 30 Asian cities in the comparison, Singapore ranks 18th, with a congestion level of 33%.
Location service provider TomTom revealed that the travelling time during peak hours increase by 30 per cent, as compared to non-peak hours.
In a year, that amounts to… a whopping 87 hours.
We’re not even kidding. Check this out:
Then again, you should be thankful that Singapore is not even the top 10 in the list of the most congested cities.
If you think your journey is bad, spare a thought for drivers in other countries. In Istanbul, you waste 125 hours in a year just waiting in a traffic jam.
There’s no avoiding it
There’s no denying that traffic jams are a part of our everyday lives. What are some of your tips for a tailback survival?
Would you give up driving your flashy supercar when you go grocery shopping? Or would you opt for public transport instead, only to have SMRT trains breaking down on you?
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