Cure a Traffic Jam, all by yourself

Traffic congestion at Kosmodamianskaya embankm...
Traffic congestion at Kosmodamianskaya embankment in Moscow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From my Delicious Links writeoffs: I’m going through various pieces of my Delicious bookmarks and using some as writing prompts. Also, I have thus relayed/boosted a signal that I wanted to in the first place.

OK, it actually does take some cooperation. But when you’re stuck in traffic hell, there is one thing you can do:

Slow down, and leave as much space as you can between you and the cars in front of you. Other cars will fail to get what you’re doing, and pull in front of you. All you can do is count to yourself, allow more room, and try again.


Because some motion is better than a standstill. You’ll get home faster in crawling traffic than in a bumper-to-bumper standstill.

I don’t drive as much as I used to – between telecommuting and mass transit I don’t experience traffic jams like I did. But on those occasions where I must be in rush hour traffic… it works. Rather than hurrying up to get to that inch between yourself and the next bumper, just slow down but don’t stop and maintain some room. It helps that moving is preferable to not moving – so just refusing to contribute to a standstill has value.

Note: this probably won’t work in Chicago.