Nathan Bomi, USA Today And Governor's Highway Safety Association discussed on America's Morning News


At the Wall Street Journal on retro style cocktails like Cosmos and fuzzy navels. Getting a modern makeover. Well, while Americans are gradually getting back to some semblance of normal traffic data suggests that the morning drive has changed drastically, and it may never go back to pre covid patterns. Nathan Bomi, reporter at USA Today says Rush hour isn't quite so rushed in the early morning hours anymore, Nathan, What do we have? Everyone knows that traffic dropped pretty sharply in the beginning of the pen that make it felt like nobody was out on the road. There in April. 2020, for example. But you know, the fact is that actually, traffic continues to be down and they feel like it's come back. It certainly has come back a lot from those early drops. But it hasn't come back in full. And you know what people have pointed out is like a 10% decline in traffic is noticeable. So for starters received an overall decline still, and maybe that will continue to crawl back, but with the fact that people are increasingly having the option to work from home in many cases, you know, we're expecting to see that have a permanent effect on traffic flow and essentially the rush hour. Is going to change how so? What's it gonna look like now? Well, you know, what we think is going to happen is that you know, basically with the a version of what we're seeing now, probably after Labor Day when many people go back to the office of least as long as things had continued to head as they are right now, you know what will likely happen is that people will be driving a little later in the morning than the usual and that's because If you have more flexibility built into your work schedule, then you're much more likely to be able to leave a little bit later in the morning. So, for example, say you start a meeting at the office at eight o'clock, and then you Take the kids to childcare at nine. And then you head into work at Ted. Now you're in. You're on the road at nine a.m.. Instead of being on the road at seven A.m. or 80. And so what That means is traffic is going little later in the morning and Earlier might be a little bit less traffic and later might be a little bit more. But in the middle, you might have a little less to speak with Nathan Bomi business reporter at USA Today. His pieces called has Rush Hour forever changed. Following the pandemic, I thought as part of the drill down to is interesting that it might be specific days sometimes where traffic is better or worse. Yeah, I think that's important to mention because we're hearing conversations about companies providing these hybrid work arrangements to their workers were essentially you might work a couple days at the office in a given week and then a couple days at home and I think naturally, The expectation at least from the governor's Highway Safety Association is that people are going to be a little more likely to work from home on Mondays and Fridays. And so if that happens across the board, you can see mothers in Friday's actually have noticeably less track volume. And Tuesday through Thursday. Now we know that that's not going to be the case across the board, and it may not be the case for many people, but even again, even if you have a 5 to 10% of people doing that sort of thing that can make a big difference, because one expert pointed out that when you think about your usual summer traffic when you don't have Kids going to school, for example, and teachers going to work that that actually has a noticeable effect. We all know what happens when you get to September. All of a sudden, it feels like there's a lot of traffic again. That's only a 5 to 10% decline, but that gives you a sense. How much of an impact that could have if we have a 5 to 10% decline in traffic permanently on the roads going forward, And is it true that the roads are more dangerous now? Yeah, And I think that that's the big downside here. And I think a lot of people don't really understand the fact that although there has been less traffic, there have been more debts, at least in terms of per trip. So essentially, if you go out there, your chances of getting into a deadly accident are actually much higher. And they were before the pandemic, and that's primarily because people are speeding. I mean, this is a bit of a crisis where because the roads are open, people are hidden the gas and you know somebody some cases. Enjoy rides and that sort of thing And so you know, obviously be careful out there and the police aren't really cracking down. They have other priorities right now, so I think people realize they can get away with it. Will police eventually start cracking down again? Yeah. I mean, you have to wonder because, you know, I think one thing we don't fucking up in this country about the fact that you know it's a public safety crisis, the fact that more than 35,000 people a year Dying in traffic crashes and the fact that it's that number has been stubbornly high. Despite the fact that vehicle safety technology has improved considerably in recent years, you know, and pedestrian safety is a huge crisis. And so you know, we all know that probably in the future autonomous vehicles will dramatically improve that. We're not there yet. And until we get there, we have to do something. Thanks. Nathan Nathan Bomi, Business reporter at USA today, Coming up next working from home with noisy kids this summer. Mhm. I struggled with symptoms like frequent gas and stomach pain. For years, I was bloated all the time with daily diarrhea. At first I thought it was what I was eating. I kept thinking it was stomach issues. So I did my research and talked to my doctor and we finally uncovered the

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