Outside of our largest cities with good mass transit, Americans spend a lot of time in the car getting from point A to point B. And as we struggle to stay on schedule, few things are more maddening or stressful than getting stuck, bumper to bumper, in a traffic jam.

We try not to think about the time and money wasted sitting in traffic – but as we know instinctively, it really adds up. Understanding what causes traffic congestion can help you pinpoint when and where congestion occurs most often. Between this and a good traffic app, you should be able to avoid a few headaches down the road.

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