EDINBURGH has been revealed as the UK’s third most congested city in a new survey.
At peak times journeys on the Capital’s roads take one-third longer than they would when traffic is free flowing.
And drivers who try to take short-cuts to avoid queues in the rush hour are kidding themselves.
Using a so-called rat run to bypass gridlock on bigger roads is more likely to make a commute longer.
In its annual congestion report revealed that traffic jams in British cities have become worse, with average journeys in 2013 taking 27 per cent longer than they would in free-flowing traffic – up from 26 per cent in 2012.
TomTom says British commuters spend the equivalent of ten working days a year stuck in traffic, up from nine a year ago.
But those clever little escape routes on which millions of drivers pride themselves to escape the worst of the jams are most likely a false economy, say the experts.