Traffic jam in the city.
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Traffic Jams

Anyone on the road wants to get from A to B – and is frequently part of the reason why traffic keeps coming to a standstill.

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People – the cause of traffic jams

People – the cause of traffic jams

This is the outcome of investigations conducted by traffic experts such as Michael Schreckenberg from the University of Duisburg-Essen: “Even on a busy interstate, traffic jams are not an inevitable consequence. Congestion only occurs when individual drivers brake too hard in slow-moving traffic. This is then amplified by a ‘whiplash effect,’ which causes vehicles further behind to come to a complete stop. A congestion wave develops that extends backward at a speed of 15 km/h – these are the renowned ‘traffic jams out of thin air.’

272 hours
that’s how much time every car driver in Bogotá lost in traffic jams in 2018. A world record.

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