Despite taxis that stop for no reason, traffic jams and fearless street-crossing geese, the average driver in Cape Town does not experience anything like the sort of stop-start driving that plagues other world cities.
A study by Castrol with GPS company TomTom has shown that Mother City motorists have one of the most fluid driving experiences.
In the study, conducted in 50 big cities across the world, including Beijing, Moscow and New York, the companies measured the number of times drivers stop and start during their commutes.
Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, came in at No.1 with the average driver having to stop 31 200 times a year.
Other staccato cities included Moscow - where drivers have to stop 29 520 times a year - and Rome where every driver is forced to stop at least 76 times a day.
By comparison, Cape Town is positively relaxed.
According to the study, drivers in the city only have to stop 8760 times a year - an average of just 24 stops a day.
Johannesburg continues the trend with local drivers recording only 9840 stops.
The oil company’s senior development technologist, Gareth Bracchi, said he was surprised by the number of stops drivers were forced to make.
Engineers at the oil company claim that frequent stop-starts can cause wear and tear to a car engine.
“The number of stop-starts reflect the driving conditions and situations drivers are facing in each market,” they said.
“These results show the size of the stop-start problem and indicate the precautions that are necessary.”
Essentially, it means vehicles in Cape Town and Johannesburg should last longer than their Russian and Turkish counterparts. - Cape Argus