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Drivers in Thailand spend an average of 56 hours per year stuck in traffic: Study

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Drivers in Thailand spend an average of 56 hours per year stuck in traffic: Study

 

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Drivers in Thailand spent an average of 56 hours stuck in a traffic jam in 2017, a study has found.

 

According to the Global Traffic Scorecard, conducted by US-based transportation analytics firm Inrix, Thailand is officially the hub of road congestion, with its road having been found to be most congested in the world.

 

Out of 38 countries surveyed, drivers in Thailand were found to spend spend an average of 56 hours per year stuck in traffic jams, which while more than any other country overall, is actually an improvement on the 61 hours as revealed in the same survey carried out in 2016.

 

Behind Thailand was Indonesia (51 hours) and Colombia (49 hours) in second and third place, respectively.

 

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However, the study showed that Los Angeles was once again found to be the world’s most gridlocked city, with drivers spending an average of 102 hours stuck in traffic during peak congestion in 2017.

 

Like last year, 5 of the top 10 cities with the worst traffic congestion were found to be in the United States, the study claimed.

 

Bangkok, meanwhile ranked as the 16th most congested city in the world, which is also an improvement on its ranking in 2016, where it was found to be the 12th overall.

 

According to the study, drivers spend longer stuck in traffic in Paris, London, New York and San Francisco than they do in Bangkok.

 

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For the study, which was released in February this year, Inrix said it analysed data from 300 million vehicles that use Inrix powered traffic devices.

 

However, notable by their absence in the study were cities known for appalling traffic congestion including Manila, Saigon and Mumbai.

 

Last year, GPS manufacturer TomTom found that Bangkok had the worst evening rush hour traffic in the world.

 

TomTom’s study tracked traffic over a one year period in 390 cities from 48 countries and ranked Bangkok with the worst rush hour traffic ahead of Mexico City second place and Bucharest in third.

 

 
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2 hours ago, DrTuner said:

On average Somchai in Nakhon Nowhere spends 0h in jams.

My second name is Somchai :biggrin:

56 hours, thanks heaven no.

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OP; not sure what your point is, 56 hours stuck in traffic a year? at just over an hour a week that doesn't seem like much of a problem. next.

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These stats are only for the city concrete jungle dwellers. How many people did they ask that work outside the concrete jungle....not many I reckon. Not a national average...fake results as half the population of Thailand doesn't even go to "work" as it is usually defined.

 

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39 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

My theory has been that many Thais don’t mind sitting in traffic. Most prioritize their cars over nice homes. Least in the car they have air, their phones and music.  No need for many to rush back to a shoebox apartment. 

Exactly, i bet many Thai drive extra slow so they can enjoy the aircon longer and relax in the car.

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