Have you noticed how there is less traffic during school holidays? You are not mistaken, data reveals that the school holidays have a noticeable and positive effect on traffic and public transport usage. During that period in 2016/17, traffic volumes fell by 15% between 8:30 and 9:00 am on Victorian state roads. However, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm the volume was slightly higher than usual. The change is a reflection of parents not needing to take their children to school early in the morning but probably spend part of the day driving them to other activities. The blue areas in the graph below show the times when roads are busier than usual and the red areas when traffic is reduced.