Question For Day- Traffic Jams

By DB
@dgobucks226 (10684)
November 9, 2017 10:34am CST
What was the worst traffic jam you have ever encountered? How long were you delayed? What were the circumstances? Going to work, vacation or something else? How did you deal with it (cope)? Well, my own experience was traveling home for Christmas break from college. Smooth sailing from Ohio right to outside the Poconos. Now, Pennsylvania did have snow on the ground as I traveled along Route 80, and the roads seemed cleared and there was no difficulty driving. As I approached the Pocono area, which was not to far from New Jersey's border (where I live), all of a sudden traffic came to a complete hault. So, I sat in the car, but after 45 minutes of listening to cassettes and radio I got antsy. I noticed people getting out of their cars having a look see, so I got out too, but no one could see anything. After almost 4 hours traffic started moving. I was entertained slightly during that time by seeing people go off the road into the wooded area to do what one eventually has to do in this situation. Fortunately, I had a jar in my car and did not have to venture out into the cold. How did I handle it? Not well. You've heard of the expression are we there yet? Mine was is the traffic moving yet!!!!!! I don't know how many times I opened my door to see if traffic was going to move. The area I was traveling was in the Northeastern United States so it was not unusal to have icy rain in December at that elevation. Probably the black ice is what caused the accident. You may be wondering what caused the traffic tieup for that long a time? Big, big accident! Two semi trucks went off of the highway through the guard rail and into that wooded area. They were wraped around the trees out there, and as I passed the accident, I realized there was a gentle snowfall coming down now. A not so Merry Christmas for those truckers! Do you have a similar traffic story to share with us? Photo- google images/MLive.com
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@BarBaraPrz (19366)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Nov
A few years ago after going out for dinner, we encountered a serious collision on the highway coming home. We were stopped for an hour. I had a few cups of tea with dinner... can you guess the rest?
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
I can actually feel your pain or discomfort Not a joking matter I know
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@BarBaraPrz (19366)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Nov
@dgobucks226 Luckily, there was a container that I could easily empty and use for the purpose, but it was difficult in the toadstool*, not having that extendable hose thing guys have... *not mushroom...
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
@BarBaraPrz How inconvenient for you
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@Corbin5 (99859)
• United States
9 Nov
I think the biggest jam was on our way to Florida, and a huge country music concert was going on in Kentucky or Tennessee. Snail's-pace driving it was.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Oh stop and go can be worse than just stopped
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Nov
Thankfully, the longest traffic jam I got stuck in was one that turned a 40 minute trip into a 2 hour trip. Also an accident that had taken place.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Everytime there is an accident you have what we call rubbernecking. I am always saying why are they holding up traffic looking at what happened and guess what...when I approach I rubberneck too. Something about seeing damaged cars you just have to look?
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Nov
@dgobucks226 yep, there is something that just pulls the eye! Every one slows down to try to see what happened!!
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
13 Nov
@bluesa Eeeek! Why do we do that One of those human nature things I guess?
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@JudyEv (118657)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov
Thankfully we've never been held up that long. It's really hard to stay patient in circumstances like that.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
It definitely is Judy! It is such a helpless feeling....
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@FayeHazel (16502)
• United States
9 Nov
Oh dear. That's quite a delay. Driving gives me a great deal of panic, esp. traffic situations, so I try to avoid... I hope those truckers were alright
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
It must of been pretty bad lots of police there. But after 3 hours and being on the road for over 10 hours I just wanted to get the rest of the day home. Traffic delays always put me on edge.
@shivamani10 (11131)
• Hyderabad, India
9 Nov
This is all due to poor traffic management and inefficient planning.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Sometimes that is true...
@Hannihar (29644)
5 Jan
With my scooter if I do not leave a certain time I get stuck in traffic and sit there till it moves. Those around me have to honk. Maybe they feel they are doing something.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
5 Jan
Planning ahead and beating the rush of traffic is part of a lot of everyday people's lives. I've never seen honking horns clear out a traffic jam although I can relate to the frustration..
@Hannihar (29644)
7 Jan
@dgobucks226 DB, i think they feel they have to do something so they honk away and drive others nuts.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
7 Jan
@Hannihar Yes, I agree with you Hanni
@LadyDuck (147308)
• Switzerland
9 Nov
Yes, something very similar, it happened about 8 years ago. We lived in Monte-Carlo and this house in Switzerland at those time was our "vacation home". We moved from Monte-Carlo a few days before Christmas to come here, it was warm and sunny. We entered the highway that winds up in the Italian mountains and we noticed it was snowing. After a few miles the traffic was at a complete hault and it was for exactly 8 HOURS! Yes 8 Hours in the car, under the snow with nothing to eat or to drink. There was a big accident and 5 bit trucks had turned sideway in the middle of the highway. We had to wait the snowplows before being able to move. It was the day we decided to move here and to forget about going back and forth.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Thanks for sharing that interesting yet horrible experience with us Anna. Good reason to make a permanent move!
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@LadyDuck (147308)
• Switzerland
11 Nov
@dgobucks226 The simple idea to be again in a situation like that scared us.
@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
@LadyDuck Oh yes, that is a horrible delay. How long was it supposed to take you? Do you miss Monte Carlo?
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@BelleStarr (36965)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Nov
UGH, it was the Jersey Turnpike actually, near the Meadowlands, it was several hours. People were getting out of their cars and walking around.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Those darn NJ drivers. What were they doing anyway. Leaving a Giants football game? It's ok, I'm from New Jersey, lol.
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@BelleStarr (36965)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Nov
@dgobucks226 lol I noticed that, it was at the toll !! What a mess.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
@BelleStarr Toll booths another thing I wish we could do without
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Nov
We once got a traffic jam coming back from skiing. Took three hours to get back to Denver.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Was it weather related or a fender bender? I had a couple weather related close calls where they closed down the highway. That goodness we had gotten passed that section of highway.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Nov
@dgobucks226 - Weather related, but it was stop and go all the way back to Denver.
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
@teamfreak16 Oh Gee, I hate stop and go It gives such a false sense that traffic will be moving soon....
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@peachpurple (12370)
• Malaysia
9 Nov
Snow traffic jam is as horrible as rainy day accidents, very scary and dangerous
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@dgobucks226 (10684)
11 Nov
Absolutely peachpurple! Weather can really cause havoc with traffic
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@peachpurple (12370)
• Malaysia
11 Nov
@dgobucks226 snow storm and rainy days could induce bad traffic accidents
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