Traffic all around the world

Traffic in South Africa can get very congested, especially in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Even though we may feel as though our situation is horrendous at times, there are cities around the world that have it a lot worse.

Because of economic growth and the increasing population, urban mobility is on the rise. The INRIX 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard evaluated congestion in 1360 cities in 38 countries around the world. This was the largest study of its kind. People in Los Angeles spent the most time stuck on the roads – 102 hours a year! – followed by Moscow and New York City. 10 out of the 25 cities with the most congestion are in the US.

So, where does this leave South Africa?

traffic congestionWe’re 7th on the list! Our drivers spent an average of 36 hours stuck in traffic in 2017. Cape Town was 33rd (49 hours) and Johannesburg was 55th (46 hours) on the list of cities with the highest amount of time spent in traffic in 2017.

INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard

How to avoid peak traffic in South Africa

Unfortunately, many city dwellers are forced to deal with heavy congestion. This is because the urban population and the number of privately owned vehicles are increasing. This together with the constrained sizes of the roads are recipes for disasters. Traffic jams aren’t subsiding any time soon. Here’re 2 ways to help you survive the traffic in South Africa:

#1. Download an App on your phone that gives live updates.

Download a navigation tool on your smartphone. There are very effective tools that can detect traffic problems and provide an alternative, quicker route. Here are 2 great apps you can use:

  • Google maps: this app has a very simple map layout. It provides alternative routes to your destination. You can select routes that avoid tolls, motorways and heavy congestion.

Google Maps Example

  • Waze: Waze is a great app to use to avoid traffic. People using Waze add real-time information on the roads for others to see. This ensures that drivers are always aware of any accidents, roadworks or congestion on the roads.


Waze Example


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#2. Don’t drive during peak traffic.

avoid driving at peak times

Those who live in big cities know very well that road congestion is worse at certain times. You should avoid driving at peak times. Request to work from home or ask for flexible work hours if possible. Below is a graph that displays the average travel times to Sandton from:

  • Pretoria
  • Midrand
  • Midstream
  • Centurion
  • Sandton’s nearby suburbs

 travel times to Sandton

Below is a graph that displays the average travel times to Cape Town from:

  • Bellville
  • Kuilsriver
  • Durbanville
  • Milnerton
  • CBD’s outskirts

(Graph sources: IOL)

Peak times vary depending on the city you’re in, the area you live in and are driving to and the route you take.

Most importantly, always remember to drive safely!

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