3. By the numbers: Seattle traffic
Analytics company INRIX conducted a poll on traffic around the nation earlier this year and found that the average Seattle driver spent 138 hours in traffic during 2018 — that’s nearly six full days of your life idling in your vehicle. Below is an assortment of local traffic metrics complied by navigation company TomTom, so you can have an idea of what you’re getting to yourself into every time you drive through Seattle.
National traffic rank: 6 (Boston is No. 1) World traffic rank: 95 (Mumbai is No. 1) Average congestion level: 31% Average highway congestion level: 29% Average non-highway congestion level: 31% Peak congestion AM: 54% Peak congestion PM: 68% Extra travel time expected during peak hours AM: +32 minutes per hour Extra travel time expected during peak hours PM: +40 minutes per hour Best day to drive (2018): Dec. 25 (2% congestion) Worst day to drive (2018): June 8 (51% congestion)
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