Los Angeles has, by far, the worst traffic problem in America, with some of the “nastiest gridlock” facing cities along the West Coast, according to navigation company Tom Tom. New York and a number of booming metro areas in the South are also facing major traffic problems, according to the Tom Tom Traffic Index.
But American commuters actually have it easy compared to their counterparts in many other parts of the world. Globally, Los Angeles ranked only tenth, according to the new study, far behind Mexico City, Bangkok and Istanbul which, Tom Tom reported, have the worst roadway congestion of any major cities around the globe.
Drivers in Mexico City can expect to spend an extra 219 hours a year stuck in traffic, the study indicated. Meanwhile, L.A. traffic means motorists waste about 164 hours, “almost a full week stuck in their cars,” said a summary of the new study.