So with the economy slowly improving, car sales are back, and so are traffic jams on the freeways around the major cities in the country. On average, there is an uptick of 4% in congestion so far this year, after a 22% drop in congestion from 2011 to 2012. These are numbers from the INRIX traffic score card, here http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard/. As for car sales, there are now car loans available for an astonishing 97 months. Better take a hard look at a cheap used car, the bus, the train, car pooling, making do with one family car, before signing up for that loan!