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New York has the worst Labor Day Weekend traffic of any major US city

Will Gleason

As we gear up for the final weekend of summer, there are a few things you should put on your to-do list:

  1. Take an NYC Ferry to the Rockaways for some final beach time.
  2. Pack a picnic and soak up some lingering sunshine in one of the city’s public parks.
  3. Avoid, with every ounce of energy you have, for the love of god, we are not kidding, driving in the city from noon-1pm on Friday afternoon.

A new study released by Drivemode, a safe driving app, analyzed the driving trends of over 756K Android users across the country and found that that hour would have the worst traffic before the holiday weekend of any of the 20 major US cities, at any hour. On average, it will take New Yorkers 7.07 minutes to drive a single mile during this peak time, almost double that of notoriously congested Los Angeles.

“Drivers are always trying to beat traffic, and before a holiday weekend, they are often more motivated to spend the least amount of time on the road as possible,” said Yo Koga, CEO and Founder of Drivemode in a statement. “We can see that drivers in different cities experiment with different times to leave, often coalescing around surprising times. Whether it’s because of day shifts ending or flexible holiday office hours, each city reveals its own unique trends for trying to beat traffic.”  

On the Thursday before the holiday weekend, the worst time to leave the city is from 5-6pm when it takes an average of 4.92 minutes to drive a mile. So, you know, if you’re reading this right now and about to head up to the Catskills maybe grab a bite or something first.


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