Munich (ots) - Did the Germans go on summer vacation as usual in the Corona year 2020 or did they go without it? The ADAC's current summer jubilee now provides answers to these questions. The club registered a hesitant, subdued start on the first travel weekends in late June and early July. The number of traffic jams came to around 75 percent of the previous year. In the course of the further travel weekends up to September 13th, concerns about Corona and the associated restrictions seem to have given way to a greater desire to travel, because the traffic jams were at times even higher than those of 2019.
Overall, the number of traffic jams was around 58.400 this year, slightly lower than in 2019 with 60.100 traffic jams. However, the actual decline is to be assessed as much larger, since the summer holidays 2020 even included a whole weekend more.
By contrast, the measured queue lengths were significantly lower than in the previous year. Here the ADAC recorded a decline of around 25 percent. In 2020, the length of the registered traffic jams on the 13 holiday weekends totaled 98.400 kilometers, in the previous year it was 131.800 kilometers on twelve weekends. The ADAC suspects that the intensity of the tourist flows was significantly lower and therefore that the traffic jams did not reach the length of the previous year.
The last travel weekend from September 11th to 13th was also the most congested. There were only holidays in Baden-Württemberg, but the ADAC counted a total of 5.700 traffic jams. Presumably because of the beautiful late summer weather all over Germany, there were many weekend and day trippers as well as holidaymakers who were not tied to holiday dates in addition to the holiday returnees.
As in 2019, Friday was by far the busiest weekend day this year. Around 51 percent of all weekend traffic jams occurred on this day, as there was also the rush hour traffic. It was easier to get ahead on Saturdays (24 percent of all traffic jams) and Sundays (25 percent of all traffic jams) on German motorways.
The motorway that suffered the most traffic jams in the tourist traffic was the A99, the Munich motorway ring. Around 905 traffic jams per 100 kilometers of motorway were registered here. In second and third place are the A8 Karlsruhe - Munich - Salzburg (885 traffic jams per 100 kilometers) and the A1 Heiligenhafen - Hamburg - Cologne - Saarbrücken (677 traffic jams per 100 kilometers).
The ADAC calculates the number of traffic jams, their lengths and the duration from position and speed information, which is continuously anonymized and automatically transmitted to it directly from the vehicles via online navigation devices and smartphone apps with the "Transfer traffic data" function. This live data shows the traffic situation in Germany - based on the motorway network.
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