No one likes getting caught in traffic. Unfortunately for many drivers across the U.S., it's looking like that prospect is unavoidable. The most recent INRIX Gridlock Index found that traffic in June increased 8 percent compared to the same time last year. It's the third straight month traffic has increased.
The influx of traffic is largely due to an improved economy, which led to more jobs and more employees heading to work. In the country's 100 most populated metro areas, where much of this economic growth took place, drivers are finding themselves stuck in traffic for 7 percent longer than in 2012.
"Last year at this time we saw a 19 percent year-over-year decrease in traffic congestion levels," said Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX. "Yet we turned a corner in December. Aside from a slight pullback in March, we've seen higher levels of consumer spending and employment lead to dramatically higher levels of gridlock on our roads nationwide."
While the surge of traffic on the roads may be a good sign for the national economy, it's not so great for drivers. Luckily, there are a few things motorists can do to make sure they stay safe and comfortable behind the wheel, regardless of how many people are driving around them. Getting air conditioning and the HVAC system checked out is essential for staying relaxed in a car, and motorists should also make sure their brakes are in top condition and can handle the stop-and-go style often found in heavy traffic.
If you think your car has an issue that needs to be addressed or it's simply ready for a tune up, head to NJ State Auto Auction. The garage there caters to the public and is capable of handling any problems that may pop up.