TomTom lists some of the most congested cities in North America, Europe


Many drivers worldwide find themselves in traffic jams, whether it be a normal part of a daily commute or an incidental travel headache.

To help provide a clearer picture of what is happening in the world’s more congested areas Dutch automotive navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has been compiling data from over 80 major cities worldwide. Since 2007, TomTom has been using live GPS data from its users to provide information on driving patterns.

The result is a Congestion Index, which was recently published for North America and Europe for the second quarter of 2012.

In North America, Los Angeles takes the top spot, along with 19 others out of the 26 cities listed from the region. The remaining are Canadian cities.

Traffic has increased the most in the U.S. in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Houston, with Canadian cities Ottawa, Washington and Edmonton increasing the most in Canada.

As for Europe, Istanbul is number one out of ten for congestion, with an insane lead to boot, as its drivers sit 84 percent longer then the average city.

Rome managed to reduce its traffic by eight percent despite being fifth on the list, but Birmingham and Bradford-Leeds in the UK have the largest increase.

-By: Alexandra Koken