Traffic Jam Survival Guide

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Being stuck in traffic can quickly feel like torture. You need to be somewhere. You have no choice but to persist with the route you are going on. There’s no turning back. You’re just going to have to endure it.

 

Oh, and to make everything feel all the worse… sometimes you don’t even know how bad the traffic ahead is, and how long it’s going to last. So you’re stuck with no immediate end in sight.

 

While there are many pleasures to be had from driving, there’s no denying that getting caught up in congestion is not one of them. It is, however, a necessary evil. It’s next to impossible to drive without getting caught in traffic, especially if you use your personal vehicle for your commute to work.

 

Is there any way to make it more bearable?

 

1) Get Information

 

As mentioned above, one of the most frustrating parts of handling traffic is not knowing what the cause is. Solving this – and getting some idea of how long you’re going to be stuck is one of the best ways of easing the annoyance you feel at being trapped in the first instance.

 

Radio broadcasts are a good option, but they are intermittent. You can usually find a Twitter account for your local authority that will keep all news of how the roads are moving updated. Obviously, leave the checking up to a passenger if you’re the one in the driving seat!

 

2) Consider Alternative Transport

 

Cars don’t have much choice in traffic; you sit and you put up with it. If you have to tangle with rush hair traffic on a regular basis, then it might be worth looking into two wheels instead of four. Motorcycles and scooters are able to weave through traffic as they need less space, and could shave hours off the time you spend in traffic every week. Try a few lessons and if they go well, you could buy a scooter or bike and save yourself a lot of hassle.

 

3) Go With The Path Of Least Resistance

 

If you know an area well and there’s a lot of traffic, then just follow the path of least resistance. If traffic is queuing to turn right, for example, but it’s clear to go left, then go left and use your local knowledge to keep your destination in your sights. It might be longer in geographical terms, but the simple fact that you keep moving will make up for this.

 

4) Don’t Switch Lanes
It can be tempting to weave in and out of traffic, constantly switching lanes to take advantage of available space. However, the benefit of this is actually negligible – and it’s going to annoy the drivers around you. Pick the lane that’s most suited to where you need to be going and stay there. At times it might feel like other lanes are pulling ahead of you, but then the flow will change and you’ll catch up in no time. It’s also far less stressful!

*This is a collaboration post

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