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(YouTube)   Remember that traffic jam that made you scream like a sorority girl in a Freddy Krueger movie? Yeah. Here's what caused it (Not safe for work language)   (youtube.com) divider line 15
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2013-08-22 07:05:33 PM
6 votes:

UberDave: I think people who don't know how or when to merge (and who has right of way) cause more problems than anything.  The object isn't to see how far you can get and how many cars you can bypass before you are forced to merge.


There should be a sign that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 2 miles - merge now"
Followed by a sign one mile later that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 1 mile - merge NOW"
Followed by a police checkpoint one half mile later where all people that did not merge get shot in the head and their cars are impounded and sold at auction.
2013-08-22 06:23:20 PM
5 votes:

Theaetetus: If you're not tailgating, then you don't have to slam on the brakes if the guy in front of you taps his. It's not the guy in the front who creates the traffic jam, but the second guy.


And of course if you pull back to a safe distance, someone else will just pull in between you and now you're tailgating again.
2013-08-22 05:12:46 PM
3 votes:
I think people who don't know how or when to merge (and who has right of way) cause more problems than anything.  The object isn't to see how far you can get and how many cars you can bypass before you are forced to merge.
2013-08-22 07:14:54 PM
2 votes:

Lando Lincoln: UberDave: I think people who don't know how or when to merge (and who has right of way) cause more problems than anything.  The object isn't to see how far you can get and how many cars you can bypass before you are forced to merge.

There should be a sign that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 2 miles - merge now"
Followed by a sign one mile later that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 1 mile - merge NOW"
Followed by a police checkpoint one half mile later where all people that did not merge get shot in the head and their cars are impounded and sold at auction.


So, don't merge at the merge point?
2013-08-23 10:40:56 AM
1 votes:

Lando Lincoln: nonvideas: A late zipper merge is substantially more efficient than the early merge. Using the whole available road reduces backups further down the highway.

That's total bullshiat. If everyone was able to merge to the requisite lanes without causing anyone to seriously brake (IE, everyone merging well ahead of the merge point), then there would be no traffic jams. But no. Instead, we prefer to be jackasses and merge as late as possible, at five miles per hour.


Wrong... traffic congestion is directly related to two things: the number of cars on the road and the amount of road available. If everyone merges early, there is less road available for the same number of cars. That's not to say that a logjam at the absolute final merge point is the most efficient method, either. There will inevitably be a slow down due to increased congestion when one lane is eliminated, but it doesn't have to be a slow merge at 5 mph, though. That is caused, primarily, by people in the continuing lane refusing to merge with the ending lane. If a computer was controlling every car efficiently, then the optimal merge would be very close to the absolute final merge point at a speed reduced to the point that the continuing lane(s) can accommodate the flow of traffic.
2013-08-22 10:46:45 PM
1 votes:
woman driver
2013-08-22 08:42:59 PM
1 votes:
The same principle applies at a traffic light. Jam against the next driver, asshole to bellybutton, as we used to say in the Corps, and you are delayed in starting up to go through the green light. Allow about a car length, and start moving when the light turns green.... and everybody gets through the light in a timely matter.

Sadly there are too many idiots who stare at the car moving ahead of them wondering if the light might have changed, apparently, unable to bring their eyes up to the traffic light.

..another thing, please keep your eye on cross traffic BEFORE the light changes, rather than waiting until it turns green and waiting 10 seconds to scan the intersection before going. That's really farking annoying. Red lights aren't time to search your handbag, reach for that curly fry that fell under the passenger seat, or post a new blog entry through your Android phablet.
2013-08-22 08:11:48 PM
1 votes:

SomeAmerican: Theaetetus: If you're not tailgating, then you don't have to slam on the brakes if the guy in front of you taps his. It's not the guy in the front who creates the traffic jam, but the second guy.

Yeah, but if you leave a full car length ahead of you, then as soon as there is a small clearing in the lane to your right the guy behind you will zoom around the side of you, causing the people in that lane to hit their brakes, and then shove his way between you and the car in front, forcing you to slow down as well.

Scores of people braking, and at the end of it the guy who caused it all isn't going any faster than he was before.  But hey, he is one car further ahead than before!


That's why I wish people would just go with the "pick a lane and stick with it" method.  I think that would solve a bunch of problems.  You know when you're going to exit, and you know what lane you need to be in... just stay there.
2013-08-22 07:28:17 PM
1 votes:

foo monkey: Lando Lincoln: UberDave: I think people who don't know how or when to merge (and who has right of way) cause more problems than anything.  The object isn't to see how far you can get and how many cars you can bypass before you are forced to merge.

There should be a sign that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 2 miles - merge now"
Followed by a sign one mile later that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 1 mile - merge NOW"
Followed by a police checkpoint one half mile later where all people that did not merge get shot in the head and their cars are impounded and sold at auction.

So, don't merge at the merge point?


Exactly. If everybody started merging 2 miles before the actual merge, you have 2 miles worth of unused lane, making your traffic jam 2 miles longer than it needs to be (longer than that, actually, since the single merged lane will then proceed at sub-highway speeds until it passes the obstruction).

Pretend that traffic obeys the laws of fluid dynamics. Have it fill up all of the available space before allowing it to back up. If you have the ability to merge earlier, fine, but don't get all worked up when other people actually try to help the situation by filling up an otherwise empty lane.
2013-08-22 07:17:05 PM
1 votes:

Lando Lincoln: UberDave: I think people who don't know how or when to merge (and who has right of way) cause more problems than anything.  The object isn't to see how far you can get and how many cars you can bypass before you are forced to merge.

There should be a sign that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 2 miles - merge now"
Followed by a sign one mile later that says, "There is going to be a merge point in 1 mile - merge NOW"
Followed by a police checkpoint one half mile later where all people that did not merge get shot in the head and their cars are impounded and sold at auction.


Let's not get hasty... ticket them, impound the car, and suspend their license for failure to follow signage....

Anyone stopped w/ a suspended license at the checkpoint gets shot in the head.

Give them a chance to learn.
2013-08-22 06:44:00 PM
1 votes:

Theaetetus: If you're not tailgating, then you don't have to slam on the brakes if the guy in front of you taps his. It's not the guy in the front who creates the traffic jam, but the second guy.


Yeah, but if you leave a full car length ahead of you, then as soon as there is a small clearing in the lane to your right the guy behind you will zoom around the side of you, causing the people in that lane to hit their brakes, and then shove his way between you and the car in front, forcing you to slow down as well.

Scores of people braking, and at the end of it the guy who caused it all isn't going any faster than he was before.  But hey, he is one car further ahead than before!
2013-08-22 06:34:08 PM
1 votes:
2013-08-22 06:03:17 PM
1 votes:
Google cars will save us from all of this.  Can't wait until it's illegal to drive manually.

/only sorta joking
2013-08-22 05:29:24 PM
1 votes:

Theaetetus: If you're not tailgating, then you don't have to slam on the brakes if the guy in front of you taps his. It's not the guy in the front who creates the traffic jam, but the second guy.


Sure, blame the victim.
2013-08-22 05:08:48 PM
1 votes:
If you're not tailgating, then you don't have to slam on the brakes if the guy in front of you taps his. It's not the guy in the front who creates the traffic jam, but the second guy.
 
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