Vancouver Ranks Worst for Traffic in Canada | Automotive Training Centre

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What would you do with 87 hours? You could start by catching up on some sleep. Maybe you could finally take that much-needed trip, and squeeze in some time for all those movies you’ve been meaning to see but haven’t had a chance to. Most of you in automotive training would probably use up most of those hours working on a few cars in the shop.


Or, if you are like countless other Vancouver drivers, you’ll probably spend every minute of those 87 hours stuck in traffic.  That’s not an exaggeration. A recent study by TomTom International estimated that Vancouverites spend 87 hours in congested traffic each year. 87 hours! That’s equal to more than two weeks of full-time work, or the length of approximately 58 movies from start to finish, or the time it would take Mark Webber to lap around the Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco 7164 times. Imagine spending all of that time doing none of those things and sitting behind the wheel instead, just waiting for traffic to inch forward slowly.

It’s obvious that 87 hours is pretty high on the traffic scale, which is why Vancouver was ranked the second worst traffic city in all of North America. In fact, Canada’s three major cities ranked among the five worst traffic cities across the entire continent. Here’s the list, starting with the worst:

1.       Los Angeles

2.       Vancouver

3.       San Francisco

4.       Montreal

5.       Toronto

Vancouver's traffic delay is 37 minutes per hour. Source: TomTom North American Congestion Index 2012.

Seeing this list makes us wonder why Vancouver traffic is so terrible. Are our roads badly designed? Are there just too many people? Is traffic caused by all the new bike lanes? Even us devoted car lovers with auto careers find it hard to justify spending so much unnecessary time on the road. Although we can’t pin point one reason why traffic is congested all the time, we do know that if a city is full of traffic all of the time, it takes away from the convenience that driving is supposed to provide us. What’s the point of having a car if it takes you forever to get from point A to point B?

For all of you Auto Sales and Leasing students or professionals, how would you reply to a person who says that owning a vehicle in Vancouver or the surrounding areas is a bad idea?

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