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Few things during a road trip are painful in the way that being caught in a traffic jam.
Every time we get behind the wheel we’re at the mercy of a multitude of variables that are simply out of our control. Weather, crashes and highway design flaws can all conspire to turn a short trip a drawn-out nightmare. But what is being done to minimize congestion? Municipalities can do a few things to reduce on-road problems, and so can you.
It doesn’t get much better than zipping along in the fast lane on a beautiful day with your favorite tunes pumping and no vehicles ahead of you. But as is often the case this little slice of automotive paradise can quickly turn into the ninth circle of Hell.
This nifty infograhic is a wealth of enlightening traffic info. Take Chicago, for example. If you’re a driver there, you can expect to be delayed 70 hours a year, which will cost you an extra $1,738. And that’s why Chicago ranked #1 on the list. Also on the list are Washington, DC in second, where you’ll be delayed by 68 hours and spend $1,555 a year, followed by Los Angeles (63 hours and $1,464) and Houston (58 hours and $1,332).
The infographic also goes on the show some other interesting numbers, such as the percentage of people who had to cancel plans in the last month due to traffic delays (47 percent) and that the average person spends an average of two weeks a year in traffic jams in cities across the U.S. And can you guess what city makes it to the top of the worst commuter cities worldwide? You may be surprised!
You can see all of the interesting data provided on the infographic after the jump.
When it comes to remaining calm in traffic, women tend to have a cooler head than men, according to new research by satnav firm TomTom.
Measuring the rise in stress level in saliva (ew!), British researchers tested volunteers when caught in a traffic jam and found that the levels for women increased by 8.7 percent while stuck behind the wheel. For men, it skyrocketed 60 per cent in the same traffic scenario.
An interesting finding of the study was that most participants reported they didn’t feel stressed, even though the results showed they were. About two thirds of the women and half (50 per cent) of men reported not feeling any stress after 20 minutes in heavy traffic, but the results showed differently.
This mean that if you get stuck in traffic during the daily commute to work, you could be stressing out your health and not even know it. And according to health psychologist David Moxon, this could lead to erratic driving. In response to our ‘fight or flight’ response, men tend to sit and fume while stuck in traffic, while women cope better with the pressure.
A global survey of 10,000 drivers for TomTom showed 72 per cent drove on a daily basis and 86 per cent felt traffic had a negative impact on their lives.
So how people amuse themselves in traffic? In Britain, 77 percent listen to music, 23 percent sing, 16 percent make phone calls, 20 percent eat/drink and 3 percent smoke.
What do you do to stay calm in congestion? Share your tips in the comments section below.