2 018, the traffic jam balance, which the automobile club ADAC draws up every year, again reached record values. Around 745,000 traffic jams, about three percent more than in the previous year, were recorded in the traffic jam database. On average, this was more than 2,000 traffic jams per day. The reported queue lengths grew by around five percent and added up to a total length of around 1.5 million kilometers - a sheet metal snake that would stretch around the earth about 38 times. The time that road users were forced to stand still was around 459,000 hours and was thus at the previous year's level.
More construction sites and higher mileage
The automobile club cites several reasons for the increase in traffic jams : On the one hand, more and more cars are being driven (+ 0.4%), and there are more and more construction sites on German roads (+ 3%) that slow down traffic.
In the federal states ranking, North Rhine- Westphalia at the top, 35 percent of all traffic jams occur in Germany's most populous federal state. As in previous years, Bavaria (17 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (11 percent) rank second and third. This means that around two thirds of the traffic jams are concentrated in these three federal states.
In terms of traffic jam kilometers, North Rhine-Westphalia was also ahead with around 486,000. Thus 32 percent of the reported traffic jam kilometers came from North Rhine-Westphalia, 18 percent from Bavaria and a further 14 percent from Baden-Württemberg.
In the distribution of traffic jam hours, the top 3 are also the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Württemberg. The proportion of this in these three countries was 63 percent (2017: 61 percent).
The main traffic jams are Wednesday and the A3
The A3 (Cologne - Frankfurt - Passau) with 220 kilometers of traffic jams per kilometer of motorway. Second place is for the first time the A1 (Lübeck - Hamburg - Cologne) with 214 traffic jam kilometers, followed by the A 5 (Basel - Karlsruhe - Frankfurt) with 193 traffic jam kilometers.By far the most congested section of the route was, as in previous years, the area between the Austrian border near Suben and Passau on the A3 because of the ongoing border controls='v-A_-article__inline__img'>
There was a shift in the ranking of the most congested weekday. Here Wednesday has replaced Thursday. On average, the kilometers of traffic jams added up to a length of 5,900 kilometers on this weekday. But that does not mean that there is free travel on the other days of the week. The ADAC reports 5,800 kilometers of traffic jams for Thursdays, 5,300 for Tuesdays and 5,100 for Fridays. Those who were out on the weekends got off better: On average there were around 1,500 kilometers of traffic jams on Saturdays and around 1,400 kilometers on Sundays.
The most congested day of 2018 was Thursday, June 28th. On this day, business and travel were mixed up. The summer holidays began in Bremen, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The traffic was jammed for 13,000 kilometers. There were also clear differences over the course of the year: June, October and November saw the busiest times on the streets. After all: In the main travel season months of July and August there were no more traffic jams than in the previous year.