Covid Has Saved You Two Days Of Sitting In Your Car While Commuting
There are two things in this world that didn’t need to be mentioned, but we’ll say it anyway – the new Hyundai Tucson looks absolutely out of this world and the coronavirus pandemic is such a pain these these days. If the first measure is more subjective, the second has been fairly obvious since the start of this pandemic in February of this terribly slow year.
Auto sales are on a downward slope and factories have slowed down, which has led to auto brands cutting back on fat, which is understandable. But as the saying goes, with every cloud there is a silver lining. With travel restrictions in place in most parts of the world, along with some enabling work-from-home measures, the time we spend getting stuck in traffic has improved dramatically during the height of the pandemic.
To quantify this, Vanarama published a study on hours saved in traffic jams in the world’s busiest cities.
Based on the data (taken from Inrix and TomTom, on average), commuters in New Delhi, India, saved the most time on traffic, totaling 79 hours in total from March to July 2020. C ‘ is over three days, mind you. In Paris, France, the time saved is 69 hours, followed by Sāo Paulo, Brazil, which saved 63 hours on traffic.
In the United States, the Vanarama report cited that those who live and work in Los Angeles saved 43 hours from March to July, while New Yorkers were given 58 hours of their lives, thanks to the pandemic.
Eliminating traffic jams was a blessing in disguise, as was the decrease in pollution during the lockdown. Then again, with several cities returning to normal, such as Paris which saw a 28% increase in traffic from April to July (see video below), it won’t be long before we get back to our normal routine. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but we hope that things will be for the best for the planet in the days, weeks and months to come.