For a big city, there’s plenty of ways to get around, though we should say it: there are times – mainly during rush hour – when parts of London become a no-go zone for cars. Well, not that many get the memo, since this very concept is just caused by an abundance of vehicles.
So, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that London has been ranked as the worst city in the world to drive in, according to new data.
TomTom, famous for their satnavs, have mapped out the data and found the big smoke to not be a good – well, an actually really quite bad – place to drive. They carried out a global ranking for traffic, and London has seemingly scored highest, but not in the way you’d want.
It’s not only down to the amount of time Londoners spend in traffic, 42.5 minutes on average, but also the high cost of fuel for vehicles which make London the worst ranked city for drivers. The high fuel price of 2.13 USD saw them top the list and makes for fairly grim reading.
Other damning figures include an average time of 36 minutes and 20 seconds to drive 10km, and 325 hours spent driving over the year, 139 of those hours due to congestion. That total is the equivalent of reading approximately 65 books. It’s what Dickens and Austen would have wanted, I guess.
Ever wondered what the worst day for traffic in London was in 2022? March 1 – not what my guess would have been, but clearly a day of hustle and bustle in the capital.
London finished ahead of Bucharest, Dublin, Milan and Paris, who made up the remainder of the top five worst cities in the world for drivers.
You can read about the full study by TomTom here, with the full traffic index also available in a graph to view here.