Peak hour traffic is a major nuisance, and one way to combat that is to try and schedule commuting outside those busy periods. But how is that possible if peak hour runs for more than four hours?
Picture by Justin Cozart
Figures suggest that the morning peak of traffic on Sydney's M4 between Clyde and Concord runs between 0535 and 0950 in the morning. In other words, if you want to dodge the worst of that traffic, you'll have to leave home at 5am or not bother until 1000. I'm all for early starts, but that seems ridiculous.
The notion of a "peak hour" is questionable in a few ways; as well as the predictable rush of people heading to work between 0730 and 0800 in most cities, there's often an even nastier burst of traffic as parents drop their kids at school. Fixed hours for the latter make it unlikely to ever disappear as an issue.
Aside from travelling earlier or later, what strategies do you use to avoid peak-hour traffic? Share your strategies in the comments.
Sydney peak hour…..uh…day [The Project]