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This traffic jam theory is very interesting! Just think if DMV tests had 2 or 3 questions requiring drivers to demonstrate an understanding of the principles.

http://www.amasci.com/amateur/traffic/traffic1.html


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Leave it to an Electrical Engineer to revolutionize traffic jams.

However, his theory requires drivers having the ability to merge. How many times have we seen people come to a complete stop when trying to merge in, then waiting for a few cars to pass. Although they had more than plenty of room to merge all along! There is just no solution for drivers like this on the road.
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Q: This is nothing new. Truckers have known about this stuff for decades.
Yes, so why isn't it common knowledge?


And why do half the people reading my article object violently to everything I say? This stuff can't both be well-known trucker wisdom AND ridiculous foolishness at the same time!

Here's a thought. We look at truck behavior in highway traffic jams and perhaps we make a wrong assumption. We assume that trucks need large spaces because of braking distance. And so we imagine that cars should NOT preserve big spaces, since cars have short braking distance. Wrong. We totally misunderstood the reason that trucks leave big gaps ahead of them. Think for a moment: in slow traffic the professional truckers STILL maintain a huge forward space. This doesn't make sense unless the reason for the space has little to do with braking distance. And, if it's not about braking distance, maybe the people driving cars should adopt the behavior of the professionals?
I always thought truckers did this to keep from having to stop and start their truck over and over. I know I would rather just coast in one gear rather than trying to accelerate a 18 wheeler from a dead stop every 200 feet.
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I always thought truckers did this to keep from having to stop and start their truck over and over. I know I would rather just coast in one gear rather than trying to accelerate a 18 wheeler from a dead stop every 200 feet.
Yeah basically they do. Much less fuel and wear/tear. I do the same thing in my little pick up for the same reason on a smaller scale. Unless I'm in a hurry, then I drive "competitively".


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October 5, 2005, 11:28 AM

As a civil engineer, I studied traffic patterns and stuff, light timing from yellow to red all that stuff, it comes down to people being able to drive or not, this guy has some points, I usually leave a big gap when driving in traffic but I drive stick so I do it so i dont have to shift so much


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October 6, 2005, 04:06 PM

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This traffic jam theory is very interesting! Just think if DMV tests had 2 or 3 questions requiring drivers to demonstrate an understanding of the principles.

http://www.amasci.com/amateur/traffic/traffic1.html
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