stuck in a traffic jam--------------what are the ways out???

@riyasam (16570)
India
May 8, 2009 11:15am CST
we have to do a lot of commuting between my parents home and my in-laws home ,the drive takes around 2 hrs.as the city(muwbai)is crowded,we usually travel during late evening or early morning,but once due to some reason we got stuck in a jam,we saw a resort nearby,decided to spend the day there,and did the travelling by night.so,what are your ways if you are ever stuck in a traffic jam???
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
8 May 09
we don't have traffic jams in my small town, lol. glad we don't. hope u don't get caught in another one.
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@mayka123 (13455)
• India
21 May 09
Spending the day at a resort was a very good idea. I have never been in such a situation on the roads but have been stuck on a railway platform for more than ten hours. Luckily I had carried a few sudoku books with me and all of us including the kids started solving the puzzles.
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• India
21 May 09
The last time we went on a vacation Mayka, we were stuck inside the train for 13½ hrs. somewhere along the line, a goods train had overturned so you can imagine the rest. The worst part was that many trains like ours was stuck on their tracks just where they were, in the middle of nowhere and paddy fields…no food, no water, nothing for the kids and people. it was said that the station master of the nearest station purposefully did not allow the stranded trains to enter his station because he was afraid of hooliganism that the passengers cause during such time. It was a total nightmare I tell you…I don’t know if we could have booked the railway in some way but it was inhuman the way they just left us like that!
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@mayka123 (13455)
• India
21 May 09
We too were not getting any feedback from the railway authorities....when the public started to get very angry they just returned everyone's fares. We did not even know why there were no trains passing by this railway station. One of my friends in the group started to feel sick and was keen on returning home as soon as possible so we just left from there and took a bus back home. The bus journey took us 7 hours more than the train journey.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
22 May 09
i have never personally been stuck in a train for more than 3 hours but i have heard of horror stories from my friends who hadto spend a day in the train due to heavy rains,with no food and water.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
8 May 09
We will just wait the traffic jam out until it starts moving again if we are traveling and if there is no other route that we can take. The traffic jam is usually caused by a wreck and after it is cleared then the roads open up again.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
in mumbai the roads are very congested,the traffic jam takes hours to clear up,maybe even a day.
• India
14 May 09
ha ha ha ha...just get out from your car and walk by foot, nad leave the tension of ur car...:-) hey u have to wait...nothing else you can do...
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
26 May 09
Well, the best thing to avoid traffic jam is to travel early when people are not yet on the road. As early as possible. I am experiencing that when I was yet in my country. I am always caught in a traffic jam when I am going to my work in late morning. I must go before most people are on the road. And Observed that late at night also there is no traffic. So, going home it is good to be late.. LOl...that's what I am doing..
@riyasam (16570)
• India
27 May 09
ya,i do love the early morning climate,i find a bit dangerous to travel at night as most of the other drivers are in a inebirrated state.
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
21 May 09
It is good way to get away from the trouble. But it is not very much possible for me. Most of the day, while going to or coming back from office, which is 2 hrs each way, I face traffic jam. I have no other way than to wait.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
22 May 09
ido know of ssome of my friends who faces a similar problem,they take their laptop with them and complete their unfinished office work when struck in traffic jam.
• India
21 May 09
It was good Riya that you had a resort nearby where you spent the day…in any case, traveling by night is comfortable too in this heat, maybe difficult for the person who is driving, but for me its great. Anyways, we have no such luck of resort in our daily lives of traveling thru Calcutta streets. We all know the conditions of roads in major cities of India…the cities and the population with their cars have increased but roads have not…in fact in most areas its just not possible to widen roads any more. I am lucky to have my office nearby and I commute by rickshaw thru the lanes and bylanes which are mostly empty but previously I had to go out to the middle of the city for my office and it was a most harrowing journey. Half of our energy is gone, sitting and stewing in the busses in this unbearable heat…and when the buses are not moving, there’s no air and you feel almost claustrophobic. There’s nothing much I could do Riya except sit and curse my luck and swear at the traffic sergeant (not that it made any difference to him, he could not be bothered even if people of the entire bus started shouting at him).
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
22 May 09
we usually travel at night to beat the traffic but the driver is usually my hubby,so we have to talk loudly,so that he doesnt doze off.
@mzj033y (185)
• United States
9 May 09
If you are ever stuck in a traffic jam and you are the driver then I think it's bad luck for you. Unless you can find a space to get across and park somewhere, then you can get out of your car and do the walking. Running should be done instead if you are late. If you get stuck and you are not the driver, what are you waiting for. Get out and run for it. It's your best bet. The same goes for when you're in the bus. I think when you are stuck inside the train because of train dispacther, then I don't think you can possibly do anything. I hate being stuck inside a train, there is no way out. You just have to wait and wait until they continue moving. I think I would just go to take another train after the next stop. I think that is a plan of survival.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
when he trains get stuck because of heavy rains,there usually is no way as other trains are also stuck by overflooding.
• United States
9 May 09
There are not many ways to escape a traffic jam. The first and most obvious way is simply to wait. The second thing you can do is just walkout your car, but that seems really stupid. The third thing you can do is buy a motor bike. These are all highly unreasonable. It seems the smartest thing you can actually do it just wait.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
that is one of the reasons why i love bikes,we can manoevour it in any way we want but we cannot take our family with us on the bike.usually myself,hubby and our 2 kids travel in the car.
@amirev777 (3936)
• India
9 May 09
hi i know that roads in mumbai are very congested-its virtually impossible to drive by the roads during the day-the traffic really progresses at snails pace-then there are those signals-even those overbridges have not made life any easier. i usually prefer trains when i m in bombay for official purpose-actually i just hate coming to bombay-but being a shippy-thats the closest center-since i m from Goa.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
oh,i love goa and its climate,i know there are fewer traffic jams there,we have come to goa before,our cousins are there.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
9 May 09
Hi riyasam! Here in the Philippines traffic is so annoying and very stressful so whenever we travel going to our hometown we do it in the evenings when rush hour is over or early in the mornings before rush hour starts. So far so good, our technique works well. But there was one time that we traveled Christmas season and my dear, we had to spend the night at a gasoline station. We can't even pass through the highways so we have to stop at the nearest gas station we came upon. Ciao!
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
we have almost the same condition but we are not allowed to park at petrol pumps,so the best way is to find a lodging where we can take rest.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
9 May 09
We used the map and then we went on the side roads, cut through a lot of traffic, and then headed back on the highway to avoid the traffic jam. We did not do any traveling by night unless it was so it would not have mattered anyway since we were almost there.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
we do sometimes use the by-lanes,it takes a longer time but it is better than being stuck in a traffic jam.
@anniefannie (1737)
• United States
9 May 09
i never have been in a traffic to have to do any thing like that.i don't have that much traffic in the little town i live in or even the towns around me
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
i live in a city where the population is very high,very congestion and add to it noisepollution,the situation becomes so unbearable.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 May 09
When I used to go to my friends house in Wisconsin I had to go through a big metro area....I always made sure I went to the bathroom....had a big glass of soda with me...and relaxed and enjoyed the time spent alone in my car.....now I take a different route and avoid the traffic! LOL
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
i also keep some refreshments with me and some mobile games and whenever possible we also try to take a different route to bypass the traffic jams.
• India
26 May 09
Hello my friend riyasam Ji, We get stuck up in traffic Jam, but never to extent that we have to live in resort for traffic to clear. We leave for our destination taking double time to avoid such scenes. At times, I had to hop the crowd to catch my train. It is common disease of all Metros. It is patience taking. But one is helpless, nothing can be done, other than simply idling. May God bless You and have a great time.[em]thumbup
@riyasam (16570)
• India
26 May 09
the traffic pollution has increased over the years and at certain points in the city,traffic moves at a snails pace.
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• India
26 May 09
Hello my friend riyasam Ji, So nice of you for making positive comments. I have no idea about Mumbai, but in bangalore and Delhi, there are many alternative routes, where one can take according to availibility of time tyo reach to one's destination in time. May God bless you and have a great time.
@balasri (26549)
• India
9 May 09
Most of the traffic jams occur due to the people just keep sitting inside their vehicles like cripples doing nothing but blaring their horns in these situations.I always volunteer to get down from my car and try to help the stranded cars showing the signs like a traffic cop.If there is a cop I just help him.I have become good at it since I do this daily 15 minutes in the morning inside my daughter's school as the PTA who is in charge of the car parking. If everyone comes forward to help in a situation like this the traffic jam will be eased in minutes.In case the traffic jam is due to an accident or a fallen tree I will wait calmly listening to my favorite music.Well isn't it the only option available?
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
well,music does calm my nerves or we watch a cartoon movie on my laptop.
@balasri (26549)
• India
10 May 09
I will carry some cartoons in my car the next time.
• United States
11 May 09
since i have no patience i always figure out the best way possible and time possible to avoid them like the plague.. doesnt always work but if i have to just sit in a traffic jam i will go nuts
@riyasam (16570)
• India
11 May 09
i am also like you,i too get overworked,i feel better if i do any activity.
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@CJay77 (4438)
• Australia
9 May 09
I know how's traffic goes in Mumbai and the only time I've seen the roads not busy is during the weekends! It's same here in Egypt and in my country and sometimes we don't really have a choice but to cope with it. I remember one time, I'm on my way to the airport (in the Philippines) and I'm stuck in the traffic and so nervous that I'll missed my flight, I even left home an hour earlier to make sure I'll get there in time even the traffic will be bad. But thankfully the driver knows some shortcut and we made it an hour before my flight, but I have to moved so fast to be able to check in my luggage. I think knowing some other routes to take would help a bit.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
ya,its a herculean task,if we to catch a flight.we make sure to travel by train to reach the airport in time.the luggage we keep in some friends house near the airport.
@salonga (27830)
• Philippines
9 May 09
My handy Acer Aspire One laptop is always with me my friend. That is my constant companion so even while stucked in a traffic jam, I don't have to get bored because I could do access the internet and do my job while waiting for the traffic to be cleared. I thank the technology for making things easy for me.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
i didnt own one till recently,now i plan to make use of it!!
@savypat (20245)
• United States
8 May 09
Where we live it's hard to get off the freeway if you get stuck and when you do you may just find yourself in a small county town with not much to do. It's good to stay tuned to local news so you can get off as soon s possible if there is going to be a jam.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
that sure isone way,since we know the route we take and the places there is possiblity of jam(like construction work)we try to bypass it.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
8 May 09
Since moving to my new residence in a remote area I am lucky not to have to deal with all the traffic jams unlike my town residence. Though my only problem when I go back to my original house is the thick mist that makes visibility so low and driving is almost impossible. It is a mountainous area and we need to move out within certain hours otherwise when met with the thick mist we have to stop at the roadside or any nearby restaurant to allow for better road clearance.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
9 May 09
oh,we have not encountered this problem but when there is heavy rains ,the visibility is very low as there is usually mist accompaning the rains.