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For something experienced by most drivers on a fairly regular basis, traffic is often misunderstood. Sure most people know that things like lane closures and bad weather cause traffic, but they probably don’t realize their driving habits also contribute to significant congestion.
That’s the crux of this video from AsapSCIENCE, which explains how pockets of traffic form out of nowhere and how drivers can prevent this congestion from taking place. The main issue is that drivers tend not to keep a constant speed unless using cruise control, and these gradual fluctuations cause other drivers to slow down, creating bottlenecks.
This video explains it beautifully, and offers some methods for driving in a way that limits this sort of congestion. Now we just need to get everyone to watch this video so we get rid of as much traffic as possible.
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