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How Does Freeway Traffic Happen? [Pic]

Hits: 42360 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Travel | Added by: fancylad
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bonzoello
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 226 Posts
Saturday, May 29, 2010 1:16:03 AM
this raises my blood pressure just looking at it.

K3vin
Male, 18-29, Canada
 487 Posts
Saturday, May 22, 2010 8:11:51 AM
should have said rails the *brakes*

K3vin
Male, 18-29, Canada
 487 Posts
Saturday, May 22, 2010 8:11:09 AM
i read an article a while ago that said something like if cars where automated this wouldn't happen, and the rush hour gridlock would be reduced around %40. Human driving behavior has more of an effect on traffic flow than the amount of cars (unless it's an absurdly large # of cars).

Ever been in gridlock behind (or you are) that guy on the highway who guns it as soon as a little gap opens up, then rails the breaks because they've caught up with the person in front of them? That's exactly what causes this poo...

rawryness
Female, 13-17, Western US
 113 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 8:29:20 PM
I wanna see that semi-truck go over that hill.

IssaTheFiend
Female, 18-29, Western US
 2362 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 3:41:05 PM
Sh*t like this makes me hate commuting though there are more highways here than freeways and they never come to a crawl unless there is a crash.

ZackDark
Male, 18-29, S. America
 235 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 2:35:53 PM
@PaganMomBlog: Shifting down actually makes your own car's engine act as a brake, without triggering the brake light. Unless, of course, you are "high-revving", when the "motor braking" only occurs effectively at least two shifts down.

I believe even automatic-shift cars have a gear selector.

Webb03
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 168 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 2:20:41 PM
Apparently in Cleveland, Links. Although, I do recall Cleveland's hills being a little less severe than that...

And this accounts for only some freeway traffic where I live. People who feel like going neck and neck at thirty, very poorly timed road repairs, and ridiculously nosy rubberneckers are the culprits more often than not, it seems.

Link364
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 442 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 12:15:28 PM
Where in the world do freeways look like that?

Suicism
Male, 18-29, Western US
 3658 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 10:56:46 AM
Give Twitter 10 more years, and it should look something like this:

no sh*t, this is why i HATE divers who use their breaks to slow mo down on high way. All you have to do is lay down the gas and if there's need to slow down quickly (accident avoidance) then prison breaks are fine. Them breakneck lights make the prison behind you break, then the next person, and son. so the jack$$ who needed to slow down 5mph just to make the diver 10 cars back have to slam on his breaks as well.

Suicism
Male, 18-29, Western US
 3658 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 10:51:37 AM
Very interesting - I love traffic studies of all kinds.

Link364
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 442 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 10:08:03 AM
man this spammer is really persistant.

margot138
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 323 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 9:56:25 AM
there should be a rule against spamming on here if there isn't already

Raisin_Hell
Male, 18-29, Canada
 281 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 9:00:56 AM
ForAllThSin -- Brake, you mean brake.

PaganMomBlog
Female, 30-39, Southern US
 48 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 7:41:47 AM
@ForAllTheSin I take it you live in flat land area then? I live in the mountains of NC and you can't just lay off the gas to slow down, like say when you are going downhill. And since no one else seems to drive at the same speed as another you are less likely to be able to lay off the gas to slow down as well.

samidoll
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 613 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 6:22:51 AM
good to post this. i always feel like i'm in kindergarten, and the line leaders are going way too slow so the rest of us are too close to each other. i need ma space!

GuardinGnome
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2900 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 5:09:07 AM
hmmmmmmm.
i always though it was ninjas running across the road that cause car A to stop.

steve41high
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1130 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 3:10:51 AM
kinda obvious

DarkFerret
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2764 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 2:33:40 AM
huh... or, you could not drive like a jackass

opiebreath
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 16061 Posts
Friday, May 21, 2010 12:20:28 AM
Aren't there highways where the car like... drives itself at 80 mph...?

I wonder if I can make that sentence sound stupider. :X

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 11737 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:55:02 PM
You can start one of these jams by simply activating your brake lights without even slowing down. The car behind you will see the lights and tap his brakes slowing a little, the next guy will slow a little more and so on till some poor s.o.b. a mile back has to come to a complete stop. The knot of stopped traffic will propagate backwards like a wave. In fact, the phenomenon can be modeled in a computer using wave theory.

Nidonemo
Male, 18-29, Western US
 9216 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:16:19 PM
MechBFP, that is so goddamn stupid to do. If they even so much as tap their brakes you're royally f*cked and you could cause a horrendous accident! Think about someone other than yourself before you kill them!

Heureux
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1060 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:11:55 PM
"I have known this for years and it is why I purposely ride the ass of a driver in front of me if they are driving like a Sunday driver during rush hour. It gets them the drat moving and it prevents unnecessary traffic jams."

And one day, you'll cause an accident, get killed, and trigger a traffic jam as gawkers slow down to stare at the bloody paste that is all that is left of you.

When you tailgate someone, they have to slow down even more, since they now need room ahead of them to brake in if something is wrong, otherwise you'll plow into them from behind.

Stay in Canada.

MechBFP
Male, 18-29, Canada
 829 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:16:05 PM
I have known this for years and it is why I purposely ride the ass of a driver in front of me if they are driving like a Sunday driver during rush hour. It gets them the drat moving and it prevents unnecessary traffic jams.

rakoonhat
Female, 30-39, Southern US
 656 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 8:52:42 PM
asshat...where can i get an asshat?

Trepped
Male, 18-29, Canada
 21 Posts
Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:50:30 PM
Interesting!

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