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Traffic Jams Exposed
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You know those traffic jams where you get to the end and there’s absolutely no reason for the traffic jam to exist? Well here’s your explanation, Mr. Scientist.

21 Littlegrey Comments:

June 9th, 2008 at 10:33 pm Don says:

I drive in the forest instead of the a heli....(for mr jonathan M i mean helicopter) SO NOONE CAN TRAFFIC JAM ME NOT WITH MY APACHE aLALALALALALAALALAL

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April 1st, 2008 at 5:22 pm nika says:

I'll just keep nourishing my tradition of focusing my anger on a guy in front of me.
He's a demon that will make me late and he's doing it out of pure pleasure.

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April 1st, 2008 at 5:01 pm thepara says:

"Does it LOOK like a demo? No? Then don't call it one O_o"

Where's your head and what comment were you reading? By Demo, I mean 'demonstration' of the dynamics of traffic using a scientific method for study. But rather than type all that, I chose to shorten it to 4 letters.

Sheesh, some people's children.

March 25th, 2008 at 10:26 am Scott says:

Rolling roadblock ftw.

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March 24th, 2008 at 12:52 pm cynnicysm says:

so it usually works out like this where i travel: there's a hill. at some point int he going up of this hill, someone slows down a little. let's say that person slows down 3.1 miles an hour (5km), say...from 80 to 77. there's 100 cars behind this guy. the guy directly behind him, noticing that he is slowing down, but unsure of how much, slows down to 76, then realises he is going a little slow and speeds up to 77. the guy behind THIS guy does the same expect slows down to 75 then back up to 77...and so on. 74 cars later the speed of traffic approaches 0 and the subsequent 21 cars all have to stop before they can go again. sweet huh?

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March 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 am Wheelnut says:

I don't really mind if people go a FEW miles under the speed limit, but not if people go more than 10 miles under, on a two laned road, it's aggrivating! (And usually they're not impressed by a tailgating truck)

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March 22nd, 2008 at 3:16 am subvert the fetus! says:

one of life's greatest mysteries solved. i feel so enlightened.

now they need to run some tests to see if trees make sounds when they fall and no ones there to hear it. my brains telling me they do, but ive never not heard a tree fall when i wasn't there to hear it.

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March 21st, 2008 at 9:21 pm Iceman06 says:

I think the easiest solution for you guys is to just plan your schedules better

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March 21st, 2008 at 8:45 pm Jonathan M says:

BETPiece2010, There are two speed limits, #1 Min speed, #2 Max speed.

thepara, Does it LOOK like a demo? No? Then don't call it one O_o

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March 21st, 2008 at 7:13 pm thepara says:

A very cool demo.

March 21st, 2008 at 7:09 pm King of Fiji says:

The important thing is that I get to where I need to go and that other people can go screw themselves if they are late cause its none of my concern. :P

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March 21st, 2008 at 2:58 pm morhkt says:


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March 21st, 2008 at 2:48 pm BETPiece2010 says:

I do agree that it is so retarded when people go UNDER the speed limit. My dad does it sometimes, and to me it is inconsiderate. Just because you have some extra time to get somewhere, doesn't mean the person behind you doesn't have an extra 15 minutes to waste driving slowly. People plan their schedule around driving the speed limit to get somewhere. If they go under, often they are late.

Now if someone is going the speed limit and someone behind them will be late because they usually go 10 over the speed limit, that's a different story because they planned their schedule around breaking the law.

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March 21st, 2008 at 1:44 pm Jordan says:

Or people are just retarded

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March 21st, 2008 at 1:38 pm Nihilist Ninja says:

the problem with most drivers is they act like they're the only people with places to go. If im in a car, chances are im trying to get somewhere too...

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March 21st, 2008 at 1:27 pm Wheelnut says:

I agree with Mashirafen, people just suck @ driving...
Slamming on your brakes w/o reason causes jams...
Hm... maybe it's a good idea to try that in practice; just slam on your brakes when cruising along on the motorway! see what happens!

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March 21st, 2008 at 1:00 pm chewbaka says:

Now that I know, I'll probably still give innocent victims the bird if I feel they're slowing me down.

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March 21st, 2008 at 12:50 pm bluerocker says:

There are a lot of wave dynamics principles used when studying and designing for traffic flows. This is a great example of that.

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March 21st, 2008 at 12:01 pm Iceman06 says:

Not exactly...
Not everyone is going the same speed. So when someone gets to close, they slow down, which causes a chain reaction and BAM, theres a traffic jam

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March 21st, 2008 at 11:58 am Iceman06 says:

Now I know...

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March 21st, 2008 at 11:58 am Mashirafen says:

But that couldn't have happened if they'd been going at a constant speed, or if they'd changed their speed to even out the gaps when they formed.

So the real reason for traffic jams likes this is because people suck at driving. =S

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