Toronto, ON - March 12, 2018 - Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, has released a study analyzing national road traffic data to determine which American routes are the least traveled. Bringing awareness to quieter and less congested routes, Geotab has ranked the most scenic, quiet routes which can be viewed here.
Utilizing traffic count data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System and the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) score, Geotab examined traffic across U.S. Interstates and Routes over 10 miles long to identify the quietest route in each state. To help determine the ranking of the top 10 most scenic, quiet routes, Geotab leveraged personal input of renowned nature photographer, James “Q” Martin.
By combining the data and picturesque views, Alaska’s State Route 11 was identified as the quietest as well as the most scenic route in America. In comparison to the other quiet, scenic routes that were identified, Alaska’s State Route 11’s traffic numbers are dramatically sparse, averaging 196 vehicles daily. By comparison, the remaining nine selected routes averaged an annual daily traffic of 2,976 vehicles, approximately 15 times busier than Alaska’s State Route 11.
“I chose Alaska's Dalton Highway as my favorite scenic, quiet route,” said James “Q” Martin. “It is a road that reaches the top of the continent, and would literally allow you to see a polar bear in the right circumstances. All of these routes offer so much.”
In addition to determining the top 10 most scenic, quiet routes, Geotab identified the overall least traveled routes from each state in America. While many of these routes are “off the beaten path”, Geotab’s newly launched interactive map, which includes photos and additional insights, has also been linked to Google Street Views to help highlight the “must-sees” on or near each route, making this a great list of possible road trip destinations for travelers seeking the open road.
“The Internet of Things is expanding rapidly, and this includes increasing connectivity in the automotive realm,” said Mike Branch, Vice President of Business Intelligence at Geotab. “Having a deeper understanding of the infrastructure that helps keep us moving today, can only steer us towards safer and more connected communities in the future.”
Explore the full findings and see the stunning landscape photography here:
To find the quietest road in each US state, we gathered the latest available annual traffic count data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System. Quietness was calculated as the annual average daily traffic (AADT, measured in # of vehicles), and roads with the lowest AADT in each state were deemed the quietest. Lengths of roads were gathered from local transport authorities in each state. The data covers Interstates, US Routes, and State Routes over 10 miles long, and excludes the District of Columbia. The most scenic routes were compiled manually, and the rankings decided by an independent photographer.