Waze: Naga, Angeles top cities with increased traffic during Christmas

Traffic and navigation app Waze has collected data over the past year and has come up with the date and the hours of the day when traffic is at its worst.


The data includes places that increased in traffic during the holiday. In the hands of a seasoned driver, this information will shorten travel time so families can spend more time together.


Waze has also come up with a report on Philippine cities that had increased traffic over the holidays.

With the exception of Angeles City in Pampanga and Naga City in Bicol, most cities with increased traffic volume are found in the southern part of the country.

If you have plans to go through these areas, best schedule hitting the road earlier than usual or just go somewhere else to celebrate.


But if staying away from these places is not an option, Waze has a solution — Planned Drive. The function gives drivers the estimated time of departure and arrival.

In the unfortunate event that Santa’s sleigh breaks down, Waze can help plan your trip from Philippines to the North Pole to get your gifts.

Based on Filipinos’ average driving speed, it will take about 22 days to reach Santa’s house. In Asia Pacific, the Philippines is about 1,400-kilometer closer to the North Pole than Singapore, yet Filipino drivers take eight more days to get there.

Globally, Italian drivers are among the fastest in the race to the North Pole.

As for a return trip to ring in 2018, Waze recommends avoiding the roads between 3pm – 5pm on Sunday, Dec 31, especially if you’re hoping to make it back home in time for your New Year’s Eve party.


In a race based on “Days to the North Pole at 100 KPH” and “Days Added Due to Region Speed”, Waze ranked the Philippines, followed by Australia and Brazil as the three slowest countries, while the US, Italy, and France as the three fastest countries to reach the North Pole.

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