Study: Average U.S. driver sat in traffic for 38 hours last year

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - According to our Live 5 Traffic Tracker the average drive time on I-26, I-526 and Highway 17 is only 20 minutes. But as you know all it takes is one collision in just the right spot and traffic can turn into a hot mess for hours.

According to a new study, the average American driver sat in traffic for 38 hours last year.

Those unlucky souls living in the nation's most congested cities spent an average of 42 hours a year on the road.

24/7 wall street ranked the top 10 cities with the worst traffic based on information by INRIX, a company that collects data on roads all around the world.

Each city was scored on congestion, population, average commute time and the number of drivers heading to work.

In 10th place, Boston, the average commute is over 29 minutes.

In our nation's capital the estimated drive time is over 34 minutes.

Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., drivers spend almost 28 minutes in traffic.

In San Jose, the average commute is 25 minutes.

Bridgeport is used by many Connecticut drivers as a gateway to New York. The 22 mile stretch of I-95 takes about 21 minutes to drive without traffic with extra company it takes 44.

New York has the highest population density in America the average commute takes 35 minutes.

Austin over the last decade has seen a huge population boom average drive time 26 minutes.

In San Francisco, drivers sit in traffic for about 29 minutes. Having the country's third-highest population density doesn't help.

Honolulu, drivers in paradise have an average commute of 27 minutes.

Coming in 1st place, Los Angeles, with the second highest population density in the nation it's no surprise that commuters will sit in traffic for almost 29 minutes.

Sitting in traffic is irritating but according to INRIX it's the sign of a healthy economy. It means people are going to work and making deliveries.

Traffic jams on our nation's roads is up by more than eight percent indicating the U.S. economy is improving.

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