The volume of traffic jams in Germany remained well below that of the pre-corona year 2019, despite a normalization of traffic.
Overall, the duration of the registered traffic jams added up to around 333,000 hours of traffic jams, 188,000 fewer than in 2019 and 13,000 fewer than in 2021, as the automobile club ADAC announced on Thursday in Munich.
In 2021, traffic was temporarily restricted due to the lockdown.
In total, the ADAC counted 474,000 traffic jams in 2022 with a total length of disruption of 733,000 kilometers.
The mileage of cars on the motorways increased by around ten percent compared to the corona year 2021.
A distinction is made between the days of the week and the risk of being stuck in traffic jams is lowest at the weekend – there were around 500 hours of traffic jams on Saturdays and Sundays.
Thursday was the busiest day with around 1200 hours of traffic jams, in 2019 it was Wednesday with 1850 hours of traffic jams.
The busiest traffic jam was on September 30th
According to the ADAC evaluation, the day with the highest traffic jam was September 30 last year with 2250 traffic jam hours.
At that time, many motorists used the long weekend with the public holiday on October 3 for trips.
On May 25, the day before Ascension Day, drivers were stuck in traffic for 2100 hours.
The most impressive traffic jam in terms of length was on Saturday, July 23, when drivers were standing between Rosenheim and Bad Reichenhall on the Autobahn 8 from Munich in the direction of Salzburg over a total length of 44 kilometers.
On December 15, there was a 40-kilometer traffic jam on the A8 from Stuttgart to Munich between Burgau and Dachau/Fürstenfeldbruck.
The hotspot for traffic jams par excellence was also on the A8 in 2022, where the six-lane expansion near Pforzheim led to recurring long traffic jams.
The A8 also had the most hours of traffic jams overall, followed by the A12 and A3 motorways.
Looking at the federal states, North Rhine-Westphalia remained in first place with a share of around 31 percent of all traffic jam hours, followed by Bavaria with 17 percent and Baden-Württemberg with twelve percent.
For this year, the ADAC expects an increase in traffic and the associated increase in traffic jams.