Waze has access to a lot of traffic data. Enough for them to make some pretty accurate predictions about upcoming traffic for the holiday season. This is what they say will happen next week, when the mass migration to home towns and vacation spots happens.

  1. The amount of road users will be up by 18%
  2. Road users will spend 15% more time on the road than usual
  3. Malaysians will be navigating to eateries and shopping destinations more than usual

So, these aren’t the most exciting or eye opening predictions, but at least they’re based on historical data. For more exact figures and claims, check out the press release below.

Press Release:

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, a new battle is on the horizon; the “Balik Kampung” trip home to celebrate Hari Raya. Here are some Waze traffic predictions on what to expect as you make your way home for this year’s celebrations:

Prediction 1: There will be More Malaysians on the Road

Based on Waze’s 2018 data and in conjunction with the Raya school holidays, Waze predicts an increase of 18% more active users on the road versus what is normally observed during a normal week.

Prediction 2: Malaysians Will Spend More Time on the Road

On average, Malaysians spend an average of 72 minutes per day on the road, but that is expected to increase during Raya as Waze predicts an increase of 15%, which means about 83 minutes on the road. The distances covered by road users are also expected to double from the 56km per day of the average seen in a normal week.

Prediction 3: Malaysians and Their Thing for Food and Shopping

Malaysians recorded an average of 7.2 million food-related navigations and 9.7 million shopping-related navigations using Waze on a monthly basis, and that number is expected to increase during the Hari Raya holidays.

Some Waze Tips at Your Fingertips

During the festive season, it doesn’t make sense to stay home, but what are you to do when there are more cars on the road?

  • Leave Waze on When You Drive:
    • Waze suggests that users leave the app on while they are driving to get real-time traffic data to help them gauge their drive time more accurately.
  • Select Your Routes
    • Waze also notes that tapping on Routes within the app will help you check which route will offer the fastest arrival time. Alternatively, users can choose to pick more convenient or familiar routes instead, including routes that exclude tolls.
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