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.