Walking over the Victoria Bridge this morning I noticed how bad the traffic was around Coronation Drive even after they installed the tidal flow system.

I read once that a person slowing down to gawk at an empty car on the side of the road can cause a traffic jam 2 hours later. I’ve seen it in action too. Many times I’ve been on the freeway – especially to the Sunshine Coast and you’ll end up in this jam for hours and by the time it’s over you have no idea what caused it.

A while ago I came across this website which discussed how to solve traffic jams.

His idea is that instead of doing the stop start speed up stop routine, perhaps we should just try to drive very slowly but at a constant speed. If everyone then follows the traffic jam can dissolve. He describes it much more thoroughly than I and even has pretty pictures (the site is a bit ugly though). It’s also interesting to read people’s comments

Since reading it Pauline and I have attempted this technique and it seems to work – even if it just makes you feel like you are moving. The best part about it though is that it can amuse you while you are stuck. It becomes a challenge to keep the same speed and estimate the distance you have so that you don’t have to stop.

I wonder if more people knew of this technique that there would be less traffic jams. Or maybe they should just get rid of the drivers all together.



3 thoughts on “Traffic jams and theories

  1. janey says:

    Traffic jams are actually caused by time-slips in the cosmos. Just like the ink gets into this piece of chalk… no, wait, that’s something else. It’s more like when the stylus jumps on a record, you know, back when they had record players and you would have a party and everybody would be drinking and everybody would be dancing and everybody would be singing and your sister’s boyfriend’s drunk cousin would bump the record player? Well, like that. Except you are in traffic. And not drinking, or dancing of course. That would be silly. Anyway, the traffic jams happen when time jumps and you jump backwards just a little bit. If it happens to everyone at slightly different moments it’s like no-one is moving and it seems like you are in a traffic jam.

    Really, that’s how it happens.


    Or maybe it’s something to do with watermelons…

  2. Kelly says:

    I am officially confused.

    Watermelons vs chalk vs Cosmo time-slips???

    I’m going back to bed.

  3. Amyo says:

    Obviously Kelly you aren’t tuned in to the cosmos like Janey is. I think you need to take a good look at the type of car you drive because that obviously effects your synergy with your environment.

    Janey knows all. Even if she is a redhead hussy.


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