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Canadian Traffic Went Up 235% The Week Schools Went Back

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If it feels like the roads get busier the week schools return after the summer, it might be because there does seem to be an actual spike in traffic.

Data from Waze, the community-based navigation app, shows a 235% increase in traffic in Canada the week of September 5, 2022 compared to the week of August 29, 2022. 

Traffic during the back to school week was also higher this year than last year. Waze found that traffic was 23 per cent higher the week of September 5 last week than the equivalent period last year, the week of September 6, 2021. 

This held true in major population centres, with the exception of Vancouver:

As kids return to the classroom and parents re-establish drop off and pick up routines, drivers can use Waze to avoid traffic, see their ETAs and be notified of hazards (e.g. construction, potholes, broken traffic lights or weather-related issues). 

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