Traffic Survey reveals frustrations of Traffic Congestion in South Africa

What are the impact of traffic congestion and frustrations in congested traffic on motorists and especially their driving behaviour? We have discussed the higher accident risks for those who spend a lot of time in traffic as compared to those who seldom travel – but do we have any data on this?

We would like to share some interesting findings from a survey commissioned by TomTom. This latest research reveals remarkable traffic statistics in South Africa:

South Africa, Johannesburg: 25 May 2011 – Traffic – The word that spawns feelings of hatred in any commuter and as part of everyday life may even leave you feeling helpless and demotivated. These feelings become clear whenever you visit Twitter or Facebook during morning and afternoon rush hour. It is with this global concern that TomTom the world’s leading provider of location and navigation solutions, today released their 2011 South African TomTom Traffic Survey results.

  1. 1. Businesses Lose Billions due to Traffic

The 2011 TomTom Traffic Survey states that 78% of 3.8 million drivers on Johannesburg roads are stuck in a severe traffic jam on a daily basis and it is these prolonged periods spent in traffic that cause drivers to become tired and demotivated:

  • 342 000 are forced to cancel meetings due to traffic (10% of commuters)
  • More than 40% of employees are late for work due to traffic jam
  • 75% of this group experience high levels of stress during time spent in traffic.
  • Nationally one quarter of drivers spend 45 minutes or more time in traffic
  • In Gauteng one third of drivers spend 45 minutes or more time in traffic

Traffic congestion does not only affect an employee’s mental state, but employers lose R291.00 per employee per month due to time wasted in traffic on a daily basis. This figure accumulates to the loss of a staggering R 1.1 billion per month*.

  1. 2. Feelings of Hatred in Pulse-Racing Traffic

The 2011 TomTom Traffic Survey shows that commuters exposed to traffic on a daily basis, have a 64% increase in general stress levels and are mostly between 15 and 30 minutes late for work. For many drivers, traffic congestion has become inevitable – something they just can’t influence:

  • 28% of overall respondents state that the emotion that resonates most with them when stuck in traffic congestion is ‘hatred’,
  • 14% say ‘irritation / frustration’
  • 13% say that ‘tension/stress’ is the strongest emotion experienced.
  1. 3. Children are stranded due to traffic

More than 435 000 children are stranded every day by commuters when they are late to collect their children due to unforeseen traffic jam. Stress experienced due to being late for traffic amounts to more than being witness to a fatal accident.

  1. 4. Concerns Arise that Increasing Congestion Affects The Environment

When respondents were asked what they thought the environmental impact would be if traffic was reduced by 15%, they reacted by stating the following:

  • 96% of drivers thought this would have a positive effect and reduce air pollution
  • 81% thought this would have a positive effect on noise pollution
  • 74% of drivers thought traffic reduction would have a positive effect on rising global warming rate

HD Traffic and the TomTom Traffic Manifesto

Over the years, TomTom has been working on developing the very best traffic navigation system to help people get to their destination faster. TomTom can already reduce the journey times for individual TomTom drivers by up to 15% thanks to LIVE services which was launched in June 2010 and through the Traffic Manifesto initiative, by 10% of drivers using TomTom HD Traffic technology, the ‘collective effort’ will be able to help roads flow more effectively reducing the journey times for all commuters.

This survey shows that South Africa is no exception in the world traffic problems with more than 2.2 million people caught up in congestion daily. The TomTom HD Traffic navigation system combines the world’s most accurate traffic information with dynamic route guidance technology. HD Traffic information is the most accurate in the world. It covers more road kilometers on both secondary and main roads. This information is refreshed every two minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Traffic Survey reveals frustrations of Traffic Congestion in South Africa

  • Jul 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Good day. My name is Pieter du Plessis I have read your findings on surveys conducted about traffic escalation in and around Johannesburg and it basically is the same as surveys conducted by myself recently. The reason for me being interested is that i personally experienced the high stress of sitting in traffic almost every day while the Gautrain project and construction was at its worst stage between Johannesburg and Pretoria. While inhaling all this CO2 gasses i often looked at the people around me and wondered whether they seriously need to be on the road today. I there and then decided that i am going to do something about this ever growing problem. I started giving this problem some though and came up with quite a good idea of how to relieve some of the problems and put it to test. I was happy with my findings and i think now is the time to implement the idea which I am prepared to share with you on a joint venture, royalties or any basis should you be interested. On the signing of a non circumvention / disclosure agreement by the Directors of TOM TOM i will disclose my idea to you.Thank you,Regards. Pieter du Plessis (083 651-4030)

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