Cost of commuting, traffic’s wear and tear on your car

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Sitting in traffic is never fun! Wasting time can cost you. Not just by hitting you in the wallet with an idling car, but also wear and tear on your vehicle.

A new report shows that two cities in our state top the list when it comes to traffic delays.

The ramp to Park Road is still closed because of Wednesday’s fatal bucket truck accident. Things should pick up soon though, because as many of you know, I-91 in Hartford is one of the worst traffic spots in the country.

Related: Middlefield man crushed by truck, killed in West Hartford I-84 ramp accident

A new study from Texas A&M and traffic analyst Inrix has Hartford and Bridgeport in the top five, for cities their size, in time wasted in traffic. As a nation we spend 7 billion hours a year stuck in traffic. That’s 42 hours for every commuter, and that number climbs much higher in Bridgeport, which is number two among small to medium cities with commuters spending 49 hours a year in traffic. Hartford is number 5 at 45 hours.

All that traffic wastes around 3 billion gallons of fuel nationwide. Plus, mechanics say it also costs you money in wear and tear on your car.

“You’re going 10 miles an hour back down to nothing- ten back down to nothing and it wearing a lot of the stuff out,” said Mac Mcnamara, Megill’s Garage in New Haven.

He says it’s a good idea to see your mechanic on a regular basis to get things like your belts, tires, fluids and brakes checked for wear and tear.

The stretch of I-91 in Hartford is actually the busiest road in the state according to the DOT. When an engineer told News 8 that a couple weeks ago, we were surprised it wasn’t 95 in Fairfield County. He said because traffic is so slow on 95, more cars actually make it through 84 in Hartford, making it technically the busier roadway.

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