Terrible Traffic Tuesday Drives D.C. Crazy Again

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The relaxation of the summer months is out the window with a painful reminder on the roads Tuesday.

AAA calls it Terrible Traffic Tuesday, and it falls on the Tuesday after Labor Day every year. It’s a horrific reminder that when the kids finally go back to school, gridlock traffic comes rushing back, and it’s noticeable … right away.

Traffics increases by an overall of 26%, with a total of 2.8 million commuters. It’s difficult not to notice the reason for the influx in bumper-to-bumper hysteria as drivers watch nearly 7,000 school buses pass by them on the roads. Those big orange reminders weren’t there in July and August.

Officials for AAA estimate the average traffic delays will rise all the way to 25.8 minutes, up from 20.4 minutes per commuter per day.

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