Our efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus resulted in a lockdown which began on 27 March. Businesses all over the country closed their doors or began working remotely and most of us parked our vehicles for the foreseeable future.
Traffic is one of the many elements of our daily lives that has been affected by the virus, it seems to have ground to a halt since the lockdown. If you would like to see exactly how different traffic during the lockdown looks to our normal road congestion averages, take a look at this nifty traffic index from tomtom.com. This Dutch location technology company and satnav maker assesses data from all over the world to give drivers, city planners, car manufacturers and policymakers insights into congestion.
Using this information, you will be able to see that at 7am on 9 June 2020, traffic congestion in Johannesburg was at 14%. At 7am on 9 June 2019, traffic congestion was 69% – so it decreased by 55%.
There is an impressive amount of data on the site. For example, Johannesburg ranks 121 on tomtom’s list of most congested cities – and drivers add an unnecessary 20 minutes per 30-minute trip by driving in peak traffic. Over a year, this amounts to 154 hours or long enough to watch 136 episodes of Game of Thrones.