Waze Predicts Best & Worst Times to Drive This Christmas

Traffic can be pretty hectic around Christmas time. Interested in hacking holiday driving? We've got you covered. To predict the best and worst times to drive this holiday, Waze analyzed the 2014 app usage millions of Wazers globally during the week of Christmas, as well as the two weeks prior and two weeks following the holiday. Here's what we found:
2014: Traffic got ugly two days before Christmas (19.7% increase in accident alerts, 13.4% increase in traffic jams) and continued to be bad on December 24 (14.4% increase in accident alerts).
2015
  • Best Day to Drive Globally: Friday -- Christmas Day -- is the best day to drive across the globe. In 2014, we saw below app usage the entire day in most countries. Should you live in Germany, Italy or France, be sure to leave well-before 11:00 a.m. when traffic peaks in these countries. 
  • Worst Day to Drive Globally: Wednesday is the worst day to drive. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve seen: 
  • US: We see the largest increase in app usage this day, starting at 11:00 a.m. through end of day. We also see a 19.7% increase in accident alerts and a 13.4% increase in jam alerts nationally. 
  • Brazil: An increase in app usage begins at 8:00 and lasts through end of day. We also see an increase in accident (+88.64%), hazard (+64.95%) and traffic jam alerts (+36.48%).
  • UK: We see the largest increase in app usage this day, starting at 10:00 a.m. through end of day. We do not see, however, an increase in alerts this day.
  • Italy: An increase in app usage begins at 8:00 and lasts through end of day. We also see an increase in accident (+57.46%), hazard (+78.99%) and traffic jam alerts (+59.28%)
  • France: While we see low usage during morning rush hour, there is a large increase in usage between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The highest usage peaks fall between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We also see a 10.79% increase in hazard reports this day.
  • Germany: We see the largest increase in app usage this day, starting at 11:00 a.m. through 11:00 p.m. The highest peaks fall between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Spain: An increase in app usage begins at 8:00 a.m. and lasts until the end of the day. The highest usage peaks fall between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is also a 46.7% increase in hazard reports this day.
With all that in mind, we hope you manage to spend plenty of time with your loved ones this holiday season (and a little less time in your car). Happy holidays from all of us at Waze!

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