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Dublin drivers spend nearly €2,000 sitting in traffic every year

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Dublin drivers spend nearly €2,000 sitting in traffic every year

We think we can all agree that sitting in traffic on the way to and from work is a pain in the arse - but have you ever considered it might also be making a serious dent in your pocket?

New research from Budget Direct has found that the fuel wasted whilst sitting in traffic jams costs Dubliners almost €2,000 a year - €1,937 to be exact, to sit in 149 wasted hours of traffic. Believe it or not, that's more than you would spend in some of the world's most notoriously traffic-ridden cities including Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

The insurance company revealed: "Despite a global shift towards remote working in the past year, as offices start to reopen, many people are now faced with the return of the dreaded commute.

"And for many of us, getting back in the car at rush-hour means inevitable traffic jams which will drain fuel, time, and productivity.

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"Time wasted in traffic is rarely a consideration when totting up motor expenses.

It's hard to believe that our capital city, relatively small in area compared to many of its European counterparts, could rank so highly on the list.

"On a European-only level, Dublin is the 4th most expensive city in Europe, behind Geneva, Zurich, and Lugano.

"Traffic jam costs are a mighty pile-up of ingrained bad habits, poorly planned road infrastructure, an insistence on driving to work instead of cycling or public transport, and a planet-busting loyalty to fossil fuels.

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"But with the work-from-home and flexitime boom, the culture of commuting is in the midst of a revolution. Those who still travel to work may do so at different times."

The city with the highest traffic costs came out as Hong Kong, costing drivers €2,235 annually to sit in traffic jams.

Featured Image Credit: Nabeel Syed on Unsplash

Topics: Ireland

Gary Grimes
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