New research by Waze into driving habits in Birmingham reveals drivers are posting almost fifty five thousand alerts to other drivers a month. These include 39,837 traffic jams, 8,785 road hazards and 921 accidents. The worst day of the week for traffic is Tuesday and the worst weekday for accidents is Friday. The average West Midlands commute time is 46 minutes with an average distance of 39.8km driven daily - 5th highest region in the country.

The  research by real-time, crowd-sourced navigation app, Waze highlights how average speeds in London during 2016 decreased by 12% to just 17.4mph. In comparison, Birmingham has an average speed of 33mph. 

Finlay Clark, Head of Waze UK says:  

"Traffic is slowing around the UK, and Birmingham is no different. With long term road works such as those seen on M5 Oldbury Viaduct between junctions 1 and 2 which are due to last for around two years, we are seeing drivers getting increasingly frustrated at slow speeds and constant jams.  However, there are certain steps that can be taken to avoid the worst of congestion. 

“ Motorists should avoid traffic hotspots when they can and consider alternative routes to their destinations. Waze can re-route drivers around traffic in real-time by tracking other road users' trips. The app will get people to their destination safely and effectively in the fastest time possible, by guiding drivers on the best time to embark upon their journey and which roads to avoid."

Download the free Waze app for iOs or Android at https://www.waze.com/en.