How drivers can avoid traffic on Surrey’s busiest roads

October 11, 2018
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Commuting in Surrey is a notoriously difficult and often frustrating process with lengthy journey times to and from work each day.

Last year, the average daily commute in England rose to an hour, with one in seven commuters now spending at least two hours travelling to and from work.

The research, conducted by the University of the West of England, also found that every extra minute spent to travelling reduces job and leisure time satisfaction, increases stain and worsens mental health.

Surrey’s busy roads, namely the M25, M23 and A3 , are often backlogged with major congestion and disruption, meaning many are having to leave earlier and earlier just to get to work on time.

While some congestion may be unavoidable, here are our tips to avoiding traffic shortening your commute.

Adjust your schedule to avoid rush hour

It may not be possible for everyone, but starting work early or working from home during the rush hour period are two of the most common ways of avoiding Surrey traffic. Starting early means finishing early, so you can avoid the evening rush hour, too.

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Use Google Maps or Waze

Using these travel apps will allow you to calculate the fastest and least congested routes to your place of work. Avoiding the largest of the traffic jams and roadworks can shave valuable minutes off your daily commute.

Tune into your local radio

Listening our for live traffic updates allows you the option of potentially altering your route to avoid getting stuck in heavy traffic or hearing about a collision that has only just occured.

Traffic jams are a common sight in Surrey during rush hour
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Know alternative routes

If you find yourself regularly stuck in or approaching heavy traffic, it helps to know alternative routes to be able to skip it. Try different routes and find out for yourself which is the fastest. It can also be nice to see different sights, rather than enduring the same journey every day.

Ride a bicycle to work

If possible, riding a bicycle to work allows you to bypass traffic jams. This will also help you to keep fit in the process.

Join the Surrey Live ‘Traffic and Travel’ group

We’ve created a Facebook group for people who live in and travel through the county to keep up to date with what’s happening on the roads and trains.

We will keep you informed about the latest news that affects your journey to work or school, as well as at the weekend, whether it is planes out of Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport; South Western Railway, Southern or Great Western Railway trains; or traffic on the M25, M23, M3, M4, A3, A24, A31, A25, A22 or one of Surrey’s many other roads.

We’ll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railway engineering works or closures you should know about.

Join the group here.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/how-drivers-can-avoid-traffic-15267478


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