The insanity of 5 o'clock traffic!

Denver, Colorado
April 11, 2012 7:33pm CST
I usually avoid 5 o'clock traffic like the plague but on occasion like today, I get caught in it and get the lesson one more time about how insane it is. Three times on my journey home people were impatient and acting stupid. One car was playing bumper guard with everyone. At least I didn't see him hit anyone. One elderly couple were driving so slow, that everyone was getting impatient and acting stupid while driving. The third incident was a classic road rage that could have been an accident easily. Do you avoid 5 o'clock traffic? Do you contribute to the insanity of 5 o'clock traffic?
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Personally, this is one of the main reasons why I do not miss working Day shift. Even though I miss being able to spend more time with my husband, I do not miss having to fight the traffic every night by getting off work at 4:30 and getting home most nights no earlier than 6. Here in Seattle the traffic is insane most the time and watching a person drive is unreal.
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jun 12
Thanks for your response. I've been in Seattle for an extended stay, and I agree the traffic is crazy and like here the afternoon rush hour is awful. The people there don't act any different they do here. Glad you found a way to avoid it.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
11 Jun 12
Well, eventually I would Love to find a place to work closer to home, or get my Business going more with Medical so that I can spend more time with my husband, but for now this is what I have to do.
• India
25 Jul 12
I do not contribute to the evening traffic but I try as much as I can to avoid it. Out of bad luck in the past, I leave for home from work at four and find myself stuck in the traffic, and guess what? I get home after eight. It is very annoying watching crazy drivers who want to prove to be in a hurry.
• Denver, Colorado
25 Jul 12
My understanding of India is the roads are not necessarily the best either nor maintained very well. This year here due to the excessive heat, our roads are horrible and the government is having a hard time taking care of them. I do my best to stay out of the rush hour traffic as I'm sure you do also. Thanks for your response.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
29 May 12
Yeah, the traffic is insane, especially where I live, because I am on the main road, to a place where a lot of people need to travel to get home in various points in the city. So there is a lot of insane traffic by about five o clock right in the evening. I'm long since at home and resting, but the traffic is rather insane at that time. Of course it is insane at two points, at three when the high school lets out and all of the teenage drivers start heading off to wherever. And then after five where many businesses let out. There are times where you can see traffic about as far as the eye can see. And perhaps even further than the eye can really see more often than not. Amazing how this works out. The very worst time to be trapped out on the main road.
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for the response. When I was very small, my family lived on a major truck route. The house sat about 50 feet off the road thank goodness but all of us avoided the front yard even back then when traffic was not even close to what it is today. There are several main artery road around here where houses are close to the road, and I know, for me, I'd never buy a home or rent one on those streets where I had to get out of my driveway into traffic all the time. There are two schools within half a mile of my home and they dismiss students at different times. But the traffic is always crazy near them at that time. Another thing I try to avoid.
• United States
30 Apr 12
I hear ya. Rush hour traffic is beyond bonkers. I hate driving in it, and try to avoid it as much as possible. Sometimes it worse then before 5' o clock. Though it gets pretty bad around 5 o' clock. I try to avoid driving during that time as much as possible, which I have said. I bet bus drivers hate it the most.
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for the response. I don't know about bus drivers, but I do know several truckers who hate it and try to not be in it at that time. Of course, for them, it is the blind spots that cause them a problem. I always try to remember if I cannot see their side mirrors, they cannot see me. I drive a pretty small car and an 18 wheeler could flatten it like a pancake.
@shibham (17025)
• India
13 Apr 12
Hi ..... I am not so familiar with 5 o'clock traffic as i live in a town and there is not so rush in the morning. Usually, i drive my bike through a side road to my station in the morning everyday and i never get catch on traffic. have a nice time.
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for your response. I wish I could ride a bike, but I have a balance problem and that doesn't work on a bike. I'd be the accident for sure. I love hearing about places that don't have traffic problems from cars.
@much2say (40204)
• United States
12 Apr 12
Ahhhhh - I hate traffic period - at any ol' time! Where I live there are a few freeways that are always jam packed whatever time you go on it (except maybe during wee hours - the time we don't have to be on it). I am seeing more and more how angry people get while driving - it's rather scary. My husband has to deal with it as he has to work a bit far . . . he tries to leave for work early in order to beat the rush - and then he tries to leave work a bit late to avoid the evening rush (but also in an effort to get some overtime - ha ha). I luckily do not have to deal with traffic most days - I'm a stay-at-home mom and try to schedule things accordingly so I don't have to deal with crazy traffic. Believe me, I can get pretty angry about things too, but not to the point where I would ever endanger anyone - especially the kids in my car!!!!!
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for your response. I agree it does seem like it doesn't matter any more what time of day it is. People just seem to be over stressed all the time when they are driving. Like you, I try always to drive safely when others are depending on me for transportation. Always be safe when you have you kids in the car and give them a big hug from me.
@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
12 Apr 12
Most of the time, I will find this type of traffic news from the newspaper or hear people complain about it. However I am quite lucky to live in a small country that I can go everywhere on foot. Luckily the house we live in is very near my work as well, so I can avoid the traffic issue and the hassle. Deep down, I really appreciate what I have.......
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Sounds like paradise! I would prefer to live in a small town, but I don't and not likely that I will. My family are all close by me now so it isn't likely I'll be moving away. Thanks for your response.
@marguicha (102314)
• Chile
12 Apr 12
If I can avoid the rush hour, I do it absolutly. The only thing that makes me go somewhere at that time willl be a doctors appointment or something equally important. Even then, I try to get things done at other times of the day. In my city, the rush "hour" are really 2 hours. When you get caught there, you can be in the same block for ages. Some young people do the most stupid things , like driving over what is not the street for cars. I do my supermarket at what I call "olĀ“ ladiesĀ“ hour". I go at 11 AM, after mylotting in the morning, buy what I need and come back quickly to make lunch
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for your response. Like your city, our traffic isn't just at a certain hour but starts around 4 o'clock and goes to around 6. It is pretty much the same in the mornings with the 8 am traffic. It makes me grateful to be retired.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
12 Apr 12
Well, I would love to be stuck in 5 o clock traffic because that would mean I'm employed. But anyway, sounds like a alot of crazy, impatient people trying to get home. But it is nice, sometimes I'll get a call from Express, saying they need me ands the schedule is from 9:30 to 6, missing all that.
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Hope you have found a job by now. I know how it is to be unemployed and need to work. My grandson just changed jobs from a grocery store to a security job at a shopping mall. The new job will pay him more money and perhaps he will be able to move to his own place away from his mother. Thanks for your response.
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
12 Apr 12
Yup! I don't like to drive from 4 to 6 pm coz of the traffic. I don't like to sit in the traffic for like an hour or two.
• Denver, Colorado
29 May 12
Thanks for your response. Maybe it would be better to live in a small town. But alas, I'd miss all the things available in the city.