ALMOST 40% of Irish motorists say they would get more exercise and be fitter if not stuck in traffic. A survey was recently carried out on Irish motorists by TomTom, to determine how time spent stuck in traffic on their weekly commute affects their overall health and wellbeing. Over 73% of the survey respondents spend at least an hour stuck in traffic every week and those with a longer commute are more likely to spend more time stuck in traffic in an average week. This unnecessary stress can have a serious impact on motorists’ health.
Essentially, traffic stops people from getting where they want to go. It can even have psychological and physical health implications. Being stuck in traffic can lead to increased levels of stress in motorists, be it from not knowing how long it will take to reach their destination, being late or the time wasted. Long term stress can lead to many health problems and interestingly 35.8% of those surveyed said they would spend more time exercising and getting fitter with the time saved if not stuck in traffic.
The time spent stuck in traffic in Ireland can also interfere with time spent leading a normal family life. 34% of motorists said they would spend more time with their family, whilst 39.7% of respondents said they would enjoy more time to themselves enjoying existing or new hobbies and interest, if they could avoid traffic congestion.
Motorists surveyed said they dealt with the stress of being stuck in traffic in different ways. 79.4% of Irish motorists said they would listen to the radio to relax whilst 38% of respondents said they would just take in the surrounding scenery or streetscapes.
HD Traffic will dramatically improve journey times for motorists, save them money and improve their overall quality of life. TomTom has invested years in developing the very best traffic navigation system. Today TomTom can help to reduce journey times for individual drivers by up to 15%. TomTom drivers are connected online, so when a faster route becomes available, the device proactively informs the driver of the alternative route. As a result, journey times can reduce for all drivers by up to 5% when 10% of the country’s drivers use TomTom’s HD Traffic navigation system in a portable navigation device, smartphone or via an in-dash solution.
TomTom brought HD Traffic technology to Ireland for the first time last November with the introduction of LIVE services and their GO LIVE 1000 sat nav device. TomTom’s HD Traffic navigation system combines the world’s most accurate traffic information with dynamic route guidance technology. HD Traffic information is the most accurate in the world. It covers more road kilometres on both secondary and main roads. It reports traffic jams with higher accuracy and also refreshes more frequently than any other service. Drivers can also use TomTom’s HD Traffic information online for free to plan their journey around a time when their route is less busy and in doing so will further reduce congestion. Along with Google search, weather updates and Speed Enforcement Zone locations LIVE also brought HD Traffic to Ireland giving Irish drivers up to date real time traffic updates for the first time.