Up to 12% slower traffic in wintertime

Optimal route planning is important especially in wintertime when due to slippery roads and changing light conditions the traffic is slowing. Furthermore that added together with fluctuation of pre-Christmas shopping and a larger number of delivery tasks with short deadlines. According to WebEye data the recently arrived winter weather slowed up by 6-12 % average speed of vehicles in mountains, in national level it caused 4-6 % slower traffic. Analysis of data is based on data collected by WebEye system tracking 40,000 vehicles in the region in the last three years.


‘It is interesting that the process can be observed in different measures throughout the region. By monitoring vehicles we can see that traffic is significantly slowing up in Ukraine, Romania or in Serbia, while in Austria, Germany or in Croatia it is not typical. These figures can be related to the quality of the roads, since in latter countries we can find better conditions in general on public roads.’ – said Tamás Bagossy, the expert of WebEye Hungary.


As a general trend the number of delivery tasks is increasing from September to December, but then it drastically falls back in January, and slowly starts to rise again until April. In comparison to autumn period in pre-Christmas time forwarders have 30-50% more delivery task required to be done in a short deadline. Among others the increased freight traffic can also cause overcrowded roads that result changing circumstances and slow traffic.


‘Exact route planning is also important before and during the Holiday. Nowadays we have systems showing real time traffic data that are more appreciated in this period. We recommend to plan your route exactly in advance and search for information on what conditions can be found on that stage or how crowded is it in order to get from A to B in the most optimal way.’ – said Ferenc Szvétek the expert of BestWay Traffic Ltd.


Before Christmas traffic increases by 22% in cities and county towns. That figure is comparatively lower at countryside where approximately 16% increasing is observed. On 24 December number of vehicles increases by 26% until 2 p.m., but after that it falls back to 30% of everyday traffic. On 25 December the traffic appears again but still 70% lower than in an average day. While before Christmas there is a large camion traffic on roads, during the Holiday the typical vehicle is the car.


The holiday traffic habits are so different in regional level. In Hungary the car commute is only two thirds of average workdays, but in Slovakia there is only the half of it according to the analysis of recent three years of collected traffic data.


‘So traffic is significantly larger and slower in Christmas time, thus we have to count with more traffic jams before and during the Holiday. We have to keep winter driving style in ‘Holiday’s mass’ too. We rather recommend optimal route planning and considered organizing of shopping or transportation of freights than rush and speed-up that could result accidents.’– Ferenc Szvétek added.