Road Trips Rule! U.S. Drivers Outsmart 2013 Memorial Weekend Traffic: Drive Distance Up, Traffic and Hazardous Conditions Decline

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--The traffic experts at Waze ( today released their analysis of 2013 Memorial Weekend traffic conditions based upon driving patterns of their 12 million-U.S.-driver community. The results: road trips rule! While the number of cars on America’s roads increased 7.5-12% compared to the previous three weekends, there were no significant increases in the number of accidents or road hazards reported – suggesting drivers are taking things slow and safe.

By the Numbers
Memorial Weekend 2013, nationally:

  • Weekend getaways and day trips are tops: Number of cars on road increased 7.5% with a high of 12% on Sunday compared to a non-holiday weekend
  • Saturday was made for the long haul: Longest routes found on Saturday, at an average of 15-20% longer in both distance and time spent in car than a non-holiday weekend
  • No measureable increase in accidents on the national average

Memorial Weekend 2012, nationally:

  • Number of cars on road increased 20% compared to a non-holiday weekend
  • Average route drive time and length increased 20% compared to a non-holiday weekend
  • Saturday accident rate: 34% higher than a non-holiday

Waze also saw the highest number of police reported in recent history on Friday, May 24.

“Drivers still enjoy a good American road trip, but they’re doing so more cautiously and with greater flexibility in their planned departure times,” said Julie Anne Mossler, spokeswoman, Waze. “The assistance of a voice-activated driving companion like Waze means both eyes remain on the road and the likelihood of driving in bumper to bumper traffic decreases – two significant contributors to accidents.”

Other fun facts:
Official Memorial Weekend Road Warriors 2013:
Those who drove the furthest compared to activity on a normal weekend

Memorial Weekend Staycationers:
Cities whose traffic, drive time and drive patterns did not change from non-holiday weekend to Memorial Weekend – drivers stayed local
Los Angeles

State of Waze:
The state with the greatest increase in new Wazers over Memorial Weekend

Waze is the trusted driving companion for every day and every route. Drivers passively contribute real-time data to the map just by driving with the Waze app open on their phone. The app then automatically reroutes other cars around accidents and heavy congestion. Waze can be used entirely hands-free, and provides low gas price alerts, relevant saving from favorite brands and more. To download Waze for iOS or Android, visit

About Waze

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Julie Mossler, 847-830-9992

Release Summary

Waze releases 2013 Memorial Weekend traffic results.


Julie Mossler, 847-830-9992