US traffic congestion on the rise

June 27, 2013 12:00 AM

With the start of summer comes the beginning of a season filled with heavy beach traffic, long road trips and the hot sun beating down on vehicles on the road. Unfortunately for many drivers, these warmer months are likely going to feature crowded streets as well.

According to recent data from the INRIX Gridlock Index, the month of May 2013 saw a 9.3 percent increase in traffic congestion from the same time in 2012, and this pattern is expected to continue throughout the near future. 

"The overall rise in traffic in the first five months of the year is indicative of increased confidence in the direction of the economy," said Bryan Mistele, CEO of INRIX. "Renewed consumer spending, especially on new vehicles, means more shoppers at stores, more cars on the road and more traffic on our streets." 

Drivers who find themselves stuck in traffic during the summer will be thankful they took the time to have car air conditioning repair completed. This service is essential for motorists who want to stay comfortable behind the wheel and it can make any time spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic go by much faster. 

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