How are you in traffic jams???

@bjc66bjc (6745)
United States
February 7, 2012 4:34pm CST
I don't know about a lot of highways, but I definately know that in this east coast area the interstates can and have been unbearable for travel even going and coming home from work...I mean not just some days but everyday the streets are backed up for miles and miles. And don't let it be raining or snowing, wow,, it takes some people hours to reach home.. I have never had to travel in that type of traffic going or coming from work...fortunately I was "going against the traffic" as they say here...the backup is in the opposite direction. I often wonder how those drivers do it day in and day out... I know if there is an accident, its another story...but during normal days its terrible and why...so do you think its because of bad drivers or what? what do you think??????????
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@LaDeBoheme (1963)
• United States
8 Feb 12
I am on the east coast and sometimes have to put up with the VA/DC/MD traffic -- #5 worst in the country, I think it is. It's bad because there are too many drivers and the roads can't handle the influx. The interstates and highways are under constant construction to keep up with the growing volume of traffic. Fort Belvoir (Army) and Quantico MCB, both in VA, are expanding and bringing in thousands of new workers who will hit the already congested roads. The new Mark Center in Alexandria, a huge office complex in VA, is adding another few thousand vehicles to the road. Even the FBI is thinking of moving their office from Wash. DC to the Mark Center. The windows of time to get around in the metro area get shorter and shorter because of the constant construction. Even driving overnight is impossible because they frequently shut down all but one lane on the interstate or beltway (again...construction) and traffic will back up for miles! *crawling on I-95*
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
8 Feb 12
Yes LaDeBoheme, I am east coast also and the area where you are located is probably just as conjested as the tri-state area, NY/CT/NJ. I know construction is necessary, relining the highways are great, adding a new exit or entrance is great but we need more lane on the highways in this area....
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
8 Feb 12
Many traffic jam can be caused by accidents, and can be caused by road construction. Whatever the matter it is. I usually would have my GPS system ready, and always find my detour around the traffic areas. You know, I hate the traffic jam mostly, because it will delayed my arrival home for at least 2 hours or more.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
8 Feb 12
I know what you are saying kingparker and you are so right, but can you imagine having to do this everyday?...I mean every single day...month after month and year after year....
• Malaysia
8 Feb 12
Not really because of bad driver, as you said, sometimes is caused by accident, and sometimes maybe caused by the weather, if raining and snowing, i think the road will become slippery, and most of the drivers will decrase in speed, so the traffic will be affected. Sometimes, maybe there are some newbie which is taking lesson on the road will also be one reason on it.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
8 Feb 12
Hi dorothy, as much traffic as there is everyday on this interstate I doubt if its because of a person learning how to drive...those drivers would jet by them so fast...Its that there are so many cars and not enough road to accomandate them... your comment is appreciated....
• United States
7 Feb 12
It really depends if im in a hurry then of course it seems worse if not then for the most part just chill and deal with it. NOw that being said there be alot of different variables that can quickly turn it into a nightmare. One possibly running out of gas, or car overheating. If everything is running well and no where to be i can deal pretty good. Unfortunately there is no way to say if it is bad drivers or the weather. Any of use can be in one and fortunately if we are not sometimes its cause God or whoever or the universe is looking out for us. Cause I know there have manytimes I m not paying attention and had some close calls and for whatever reason i was spared a wreck or worse. If it is gonna snow or ice i try not to drive on highways cause i know theres gonna be a wreck somewhere and a major holdup.. Here in cincinnati we have had people stuck on highways as much as 8 hours trying to commute a 30 min drive.. I would go crazy then!! lol!!
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
8 Feb 12
Hi Ryan, thats exactly what I am talking, getting home hours after you should have been there 2 hours ago...or even just taking 2 hours getting home everyday because of the traffic...that to me is whats crazy, and I agree, it would drive me absolutely bananas....everyday??? Oh hell no. I would either move or get another job...of which neither is not an easy decisonor choice...LOL...
• United States
7 Feb 12
I am surprised because I am fine in ne as long as the car is moving some type of speed. when we are just on brakes I can be a bit pissed off. I am not one for raod rage and stuff so that is good of me. Adrian be cursing and screaming all the time.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Feb 12
I hear you...but I don't have an issue either with traffic as long as its moving with some speed...But thats not what I call a traffic jam...I am talking about traffic thats stop and go, stop and go for miles and miles... Adrian needs to be on a race track....LOL,,,
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
7 Feb 12
as much as I hate being in bumper to bumper traffic I think I am rather good so long as I have music to listen to, I have a friend that when he drives gets so upset over traffic things, I find it very stressful and it does no good anyway, we all just have to calm down.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
7 Feb 12
LOL...lilaclady, I am sure thats easier said than done for those drivers who has a case of road rage...But you are so righr there is nothing anyone can do but get stress, which really could cause an accident.....then What???
@celticeagle (114511)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 12
I remember about five years ago when I was still working and how conjested it got on one of the arteries here in my northwestern state. I can remember also getting caught in Seattle traffic and i really don't think I would want to live in any area where there would be such traffic. It gets back right out here and I try to not go anywhere between 3p. and 7p. week days.
@GardenGerty (91239)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Feb 12
I do not know how I would be now. Thirty years ago I frequently got in a jam after work. I believe the highway has been re constructed and widened since then. I think one of the things that would help would be to have businesses stagger their work hours so that not everyone has to be on the road at the same time. Even five minutes can make a big difference in how many cars are on a road at a time. i do not have to do much busy driving now.
• United States
8 Feb 12
I'm usually calm when it comes to traffic. Whenever it's inching along, I'm smiling and upbeat because of the music or personal development audio I'm listening to. This definitely wasn't the case a long time ago, as I used to get really fidgety and impatient, complaining about the flow of traffic as if everyone on the highway could hear me talking to them. lol
@yanzalong (8900)
• Indonesia
8 Feb 12
Well, it doesn't have anything to do with drivers being bad. The backup is usually caused traffics from different direction going into the same street.Or on the street ahead accidents cropped up and no cops around.
@LeonLeki (22)
• Macedonia
8 Feb 12
Its definitly because of the bad drivers and bad weather.
@sishy7 (27380)
• Australia
8 Feb 12
Having been living in Jakarta for some years, made even the worst traffic jam here a breeze. At least here there is always a reason, freeway constructions, accident, or bad weather. In Jakarta, it is just like part of life we have to accept. Even on Saturdays, it's jammed everywhere. I think it's simply because too much vehicles and not enough space on the road. Bad drivers...? Hmm, they'll probably be considered so here as they seem to ignore road lanes and traffic signs. However, I think that is how they need to drive there to get to where they want. With all the beeping and being able to drive just inches between cars, buses, motorcycles, bicyles, or pedestrian; I'd think they're rather "expert" drivers. My sister in California rang today and she did say that the freeways are getting worse nowadays; I still miss driving on the right side of the road.