Storm Doris data: Waze predicts 140% increase in accidents during stormy or snowy conditions
The Met Office has issued a number of warnings for high winds, snow and heavy rain
An average 45 mins commute to see an additional 14 mins stuck behind the wheel
The worst storm of the winter is set to batter Britain today, with the Met Office warning that Storm Doris will bring gale-force winds and snow to more areas than previously feared. Finlay Clark, UK head of the crowdsourced navigation app Waze is urging commuters to plan ahead - especially when driving during the busy rush hour period.
Finlay Clark, UK head of Waze, says: “Data from Waze shows that when hazardous conditions like this hit, a journey time increases by approximately 30%, so on an average commute of 45 mins you’d be looking at an additional 14 mins behind the wheel.
“Alerts – including accidents on the road – often increase by 140% during stormy or snowy conditions. Speeds are reduced as drivers take more care, from 26mph to 22mph on average (a 16% reduction). Meanwhile, a 20% reduction on kilometres driven suggests that many people stay at home and only make essential journeys.
“If you have to drive in adverse weather conditions, Waze can re-route you around traffic and get you to your destination safely and effectively, guiding you on the best time to embark upon your journey. Over 1.3 million drivers in the UK rely on Waze’s crowdsourced real-time updates to save time and fuel.”
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Waze provides peace of mind by suggesting the fastest and most optimal route possible to any destination, by tracking real-time traffic and road conditions from drivers’ phones. Join this community today by downloading the free Waze app for iOs or Android at https://www.waze.com/en.
To arrange an interview with Finlay Clark for further road updates please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 637 0656