Why is traffic so bad on Mondays?
Trick question. It’s not.
Inrix, who supply data to in-car satellite navigation systems, reports that the worst mornings of the week – in the US, at least – are actually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Monday and Friday are low-congestion mornings. Friday evenings are bad, but Monday evenings are particularly quiet. My guess is that Monday is a popular day to take a holiday or call in sick.
But to be fair, it’s not at all surprising that you might THINK traffic is worse then:
Norbert Schwarz – a psychologist who is well known to economists thanks to his work with Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman – has famously showed that if you want people to tell you that their lives are a wreck, just ask them on a rainy day. There is also some psychological evidence that Monday mornings depress us, too.
In short, rainy days and Mondays always get you down. You’re living in a Carpenters song, but please don’t blame the traffic.
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