Gold Coast drivers spend almost three weeks of their life stuck in traffic every year, new data shows

SHOCKING new data has revealed just how much time motorists are spending stuck in traffic on Queensland’s major motorways.

The RACQ’s 2018 Annual Report compared average travel times and speeds on sections of the Pacific, Centenary and Bruce Highways.

It found Gold Coasters who use the M1 to drive to Brisbane for work spend almost three weeks of their life behind the wheel, stuck in gridlock every year.


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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said drivers commuting from the tourist strip to the capital spend more than 465 hours, or 19 days, simply driving to and from work.

They are closely followed by Logan motorists, who spend 13 days each year making the trek to and from the City.

Ms Ross said motorists could save significant time each year by avoiding travelling during peak periods.

“By travelling during the busiest periods, motorists are adding extra time to their trip which they’re spending stuck in congestion and not with their families, in some cases, by almost a week over the course of a year,” she said.

“Congestion’s a useless waste of time and that’s why we need to continually improve the road network, as well as out active and public transport systems.

“You can avoid gridlock by catching public transport, or by retiming or rescheduling your travel outside of the peak periods – after 9am and before 4pm on weekdays.”