52 hours stuck in traffic

Adelaide motorists are spending an extra 52 hours stuck in traffic per year compared to time spent on the road if Adelaide's roads were 'operating at an acceptable standard', the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) discovered in its recent Metro Travel Times Survey.

This news is rather disheartening for local fleet managers who are attempting to cut down on car fuel consumption.

"Adelaide's congestion is getting worse and it's not going to improve unless something is done," RAA General Manager Public Relations Penny Gale said in a February 13 media release.

Ms Gale believes this report highlights the need for major funding commitments to improve the state of Adelaide's roads.

"The number of vehicles on the road has increased over the years and large sections of our inner city ring route and main roads are at saturation point during peak periods," she explained.

"For a population like Adelaide - significantly smaller than Sydney or Melbourne - this level of congestion is not acceptable."

The travel times report found commuters travelling on Goodwood Road spent an average of 12.5 additional minutes in the car each morning than they would if the roads were up to standard.

City bound travellers on South Road were also affected, spending an extra 38 hours stuck in traffic in 2013 than in 2012.

Of the 12 routes the RAA surveyed in 2013, eleven were operating below the minimum acceptable standard during morning peak hours.

It is expected that these metro roads should achieve a minimum average running speed of 50 per cent of the speed limit. The majority of the road surveyed are set to 60km/h speed limits but recorded average speeds of below 30km/h.

Having your fleet stuck in traffic can impact on your fuel consumption rates, so it may be worth researching different routes or avoiding these heavy flow roads during peak hours.