City traffic and congestion is an issue that’s only getting worse. Even with the presence of public transportation systems, vehicles remain necessary, and in many cases, a city’s infrastructure just can’t keep up with the volume of vehicles. If you’ve ever tried to travel through a city during rush hour, you know the frustration of city traffic and congestion.
How do we solve this issue? It will take some significant changes, but from our recent pitches at SXSW in Austin and at the Urban Future Lab competition in New York, it became clear, that many are working on helping to improve congestion and traffic… let’s have a look: .
Ride Sharing and Ride Hailing Apps
Ride sharing and ride hailing apps came with the promise to help to reduce congestion and traffic in cities. Though ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft provide an alternative transportation option for city-goers, they often ADD cars to the road. In New York city alone, an estimated 100,000 cars were added to the roads via these new services, as often times residents use them INSTEAD of public transportation.
The good news? Companies like Gridwise (a fellow Techstar mobility company) are building platforms that helps rideshare drivers to better manage their business and decrease the time waiting (and circling) for passengers. Commutifi, our fellow SXSW accelerator company is optimizing mobility for commuters, enterprises and business districts. The company captures holistic commuting data and generates recommendations while measuring time, cost and carbon efficiencies.
Implementing Adaptive Traffic Signals
If you’ve ever sat in traffic watching the light turn green, then red, then green, then red without ever being able to move because of gridlock, then you know how impractical traffic signals can be at times. Traffic signals, particularly those that aren’t properly adjusted to traffic conditions, contribute to city congestion. Traffic signals can cause and worsen gridlock, but implementing adaptive traffic signals can improve the issue.
Adaptive traffic signals could be adjusted to the congestion of a particular intersection. Their patterns and the duration of each signal could be altered for a more optimal performance, so gridlock isn’t such a headache and more vehicles are able to navigate the intersection with a minimal wait time.
Drones to the Rescue?
Could using drones to deliver products within cities help to cut down on traffic congestion? Possibly. According to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation, there could be several benefits to turning to drones for deliveries. The study states that it would take 100 drones to approach a volume that’s comparable to city traffic, making for a quieter delivery option. And with companies like Amazon, the United Parcel Service, DHL, and even Google testing out drone delivery, it’s likely that we’ll see this technology in cities sooner rather than later.
New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges views drone deliveries as a potential solution to Auckland’s congested traffic. Bridges noted that drones meant less delivery trucks and less drivers on the road. He included the idea in his 30-year transport plan for Auckland. But likely not an immediate fit.
Perhaps the most effective way to reduce city traffic congestion is also one of the simplest solutions: Carpool! Carpooling reduces the number of vehicles on the road, which helps to reduce traffic issues. It also has the benefits of reducing emissions and wear and tear on city streets. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which are typically less congested, further improving the fuel economy.
Often overlooked is the fact that not only commuting to work via tools like Scoop will ease traffic, but parents are causing up to a third of the morning rush hour traffic. Our mission here at GoKid is to change this pattern.
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Looking to the Future
Will these options be the solution to traffic congestion in cities? Will other solutions emerge? In order to keep cities functional, we do need to overcome the increasing traffic problem. We are hopeful and delighted to see State wide initiatives to reduce traffic by agencies like NYSERDA and millennials who adapt bikesharing and carpooling into their daily transportation mix. It will be interesting to see which methods cities use in the years to come.
There’s a rather high chance that you’ve been stuck in at least one traffic jam throughout your driving career. Of course, depending on certain factors (i.e. your location, age, and how much you travel), you may find yourself to be involved in traffic jams quite often. To assist you with the tedious obstacle that is being stuck in traffic, we’ve put together a list of methods that could help you learn how to avoid a traffic jam.
Avoid Periods of Rush Hour
You know when rush hour traffic takes place, so why drive in it? Of course, sometimes you simply can’t avoid rush hour traffic. If you can’t, then consider finding a new route. For example, you can search online for directions that will allow you to avoid over populated highways.
Learn Alternative Routes
If you drive to the same destination each day (i.e. work), then you will find it necessary to learn other routes that can successfully get you to that destination. You never know when an accident or something similar might delay you. Therefore, listen to the radio for all traffic alerts and updates. If you hear about a possible interruption, then you’ll be able to choose a different route.
If you plan your trip ahead and accordingly, you may just miss traffic jams altogether. For example, did you know that by leaving a few minutes earlier or later, you could actually avoid getting stuck in traffic? If you become familiar with traffic and know when it starts to get heavy, you can avoid driving during those time periods.
When stuck in traffic jams, it’s very important to stay calm. You’ll definitely experience moments (if you haven’t already) where avoiding traffic jams just can’t be done. In that case, it will be important to stay calm, alert, and just wait for the traffic to pass.
Always Practice Safe Driving Techniques
Whether you’re stuck in traffic or are the only car on the road, it’s important to always practice safe driving techniques. Though you can possibly learn how to avoid a traffic jam, there will be times when you simply can’t — don’t get angry. Remember to be patient and constantly remind yourself that the traffic jam will eventually pass.
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Pollution and jams have become the critical problem that residents of metropolitan cities are facing today. To overcome this problem, the Government of India has come up with some ways which are expected to bring down the pollution levels and the intensity of jams on roads. Jams create havoc and waste a lot of time and fuel which should be stopped at once. Let us look at some hacks to minimize pollution and jams:-
- Expensifying the registration of second car
For a car of Rs up to 5 lakh, a person has to pay approximately 25000 for its registration. The government is planning on increasing the registration amount on purchase of second car by the family and that too at least 50% increase so that people think twice before buying a second car. This will result in people buying less of cars and eventually less pollution and jams on streets.
- Increasing the parking fees
Now days, it has become a habit to take out cars for short distances also. Government is planning to increase the parking fees so that people would consider paying the parking fees which might result in less traffic on roads.
- Decreasing the fare of public transport
Yep, the cheapest mode is transport is about to get much cheaper. To increase the usage of public transport and to promote people to use public transport, this might happen. Government is planning to reduce the fare of public transport so that people tend to use it more oftenly.
- Separation of business hour’s
Right now the timings of private and non private firms are approximately same. Separating the timings of both kinds of firms shall reduce the traffic on roads at an exponential rate. One might say this can be the smartest move ever planned by the government of India. If this is implemented, it would bring regulate pollution throughout the day and would help reduce long traffic jams that kill time and resources.
- Increasing the tax on petrol/diesel
Everyday thousands of commercial vehicles enter Delhi. For this they are charged an entry fees. But the government says it does not affect anything. Half of the time they do not pay the entry fees and hence it does not make any difference. So to restrict/minimize their entry, the government is thinking upon increasing the taxes on fuels like petrol/diesel.
- Encouraging carpooling
Carpooling is sharing a car journey so that more than one person travels in a car. By having more people using one car, carpooling reduces each person’s travel cost, fuel cost and reduces the stress of driving. Carpooling is very environment friendly. School/college going kids and people working in 9-5 shifts can benefit themselves the most using this method. Government is planning to give some incentives to people who pool car on a regular basis. Let’s wait and watch what kind of incentives the government has in store for us.
- Change in the layout of roads and footpaths
If the layout of footpaths and roads is such that there are separate lanes for every kind of vehicle viz. a different lane for buses, different lane for cars and a different one for two-wheelers, then every bus will reach on time at its destination. Same ways, footpaths will also have to be made user friendly so that it becomes easy for the pedestrians to walk. They should be well maintained, clean and suitable for walking. This way people would be encouraged to walk more and more.
- Commuting via cycles
This is by far the most simple and the most effective way to reduce jams as well as pollution. Cycling to your destination not only saves fuel and prevents pollution; rather it makes you healthy and fit. In my foreign countries there are separated paths for cycles. This should be implemented in India too. And if this happens, firstly the pollution levels will go down at and exponential rate and on the other hand it will add on to reduce long traffic jams on roads. People will have to change their attitude as they treat bicycle as a “low-level” mode of transport.
- Rent – a – cycle
In the major cities of India, metro has made its reach and has attracted many commuters. But the fact is that, people still take their cars and two wheelers to drive to a metro station. And after reaching their destination they still take an auto rickshaw or something to reach their workplace. This can be avoided if there are “Rent – a – cycle “booths at every 1 km or so. People will be encouraged to cycle as it is the cheapest mode of transport and everybody likes to save whatever he can.
- Promotion of battery operated vehicles
Another very effective way to prevent pollution is usage of battery operated vehicles. Battery operated vehicles do not emit pollution, neither do they consume fuel. Hence double benefit. Government should introduce new concepts of battery operated vehicles and promote their use. Two-wheelers and cars should also be battery operated.
- Use of Hydrogen Fuel
This is a new age technology. Hydrogen is a much efficient fuel than kerosene. Technology has been developed to harness hydrogen as a fuel. Research work is in process to harness it in vehicles. Lets us just hope in near future we can have cars that run on hydrogen. Benefits of a hydrogen fuel enabled car include its higher efficiency and its nature. Hydrogen fuel is the cleanest fuel developed till date i.e. very minimum pollution.
Whether you are expecting a traffic jam, or one spontaneously happens following an accident, they are infuriating, annoying, and a waste of your time. While there are many ways to make a traffic jam more bearable – such as listening to a podcast or audiobook, or calling a friend – nothing beats avoiding a traffic jam altogether!
Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid traffic jams, but usually there’s a thing or two that you can do to keep from getting stuck in bumper to bumper madness on your way to and from work every day.
Method 1 of 3: Avoid high-traffic areas
Step 1: Use phone apps. Use phone apps to help find better routes and traffic hold ups. Download a GPS or maps app for your smart phone, such as Google Maps or Waze.
These apps will help you find alternate routes, and can also alert you when traffic is especially bad. By keeping an eye on the app, you can see the locations on your commute traffic that are clogged badly, and thus take alternate routes to avoid it.
Tip: These apps get updated in real time to show new traffic jams caused by accidents or road work, so that you can get the latest and most accurate reports.
Warning: Never use your phone while you are driving. Open the app before you get in the car, and place it on a dash-mounted phone holder. Using your phone while driving puts you and others around you at risk. It is also illegal, and can result in a hefty ticket.
Step 2: Pay attention to traffic reports. Take a minute to look at traffic reports before you drive.
Use one of your phone apps, the internet, or the radio to find out the current traffic conditions. Plan your alternate route based on the information you receive.
Step 3: Find out different ways to get there. If you keep getting stuck in office traffic on a commute, make a list of other routes, and keep it in your car at all times.
Use an online search to find other routes that are similar in driving time or distance, but less likely to have severe traffic jams. Ask your coworkers, or other people who have similar commutes, for other routes that they take when driving to work.
After you’ve compiled a list of available routes, start trying them. You’ll quickly learn which ones are faster than the traffic clogged route and find out if certain routes work better on certain days or at specific times.
Method 2 of 3: Change your driving schedule
Step 1: Leave at a different time. Plan to drive at a different time. By changing your schedule slightly, you can often avoid driving in rush hour, and therefore traffic.
Consider leaving for work early, or leaving for home late. This will result in having a little bit of down time to kill, but you can easily fill in that time by going to a coffee shop and reading, going to a gym and working out, or taking a walk in a nearby park.
- Tip: If work timings end up with leaving you stuck in traffic, try asking your boss if you can move your shift up or down by an hour or two, to avoid traffic.
Changing your schedule may mean less time at home, but it also means a lot less time in traffic, and a lot more time that you can spend doing productive and enjoyable things.
Step 2: Find an easier drive. Find a way to make your commute to work easier. If traffic jams are really diminishing your quality of life, you can find a few ways to make the drive dramatically easier.
Consider moving to a house or apartment that is closer to work, so that you don’t have to deal with the long commute every day.
If you don’t want to change your living situation, consider finding a similar job that is closer to your home. Ask your boss for a transfer to a more convenient office location, if possible.
- Tip: Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular with companies. It’s worth asking your boss if you can work from home, or work a half day from home, to help you avoid commuting during rush hour.
Method 3 of 3: Avoid driving completely
Step 1: Take the bus or train. Try taking public transportation to avoid traffic jams. Your city likely has bus services or subways that can take you near your place of employment.
Even though public transportation likely won’t get you to work any quicker than driving will, you’ll at least be able to read, work, or use your phone during your commute.
- Tip: Many workplaces will subsidize your public transportation costs, so this option can also save you money.
Step 2: Bike or walk. Depending on how long your drive is, you can often skip the traffic by riding a bike or walking.
Often times, walking will get you where you’re going just as quickly, while biking will almost surely get you there quicker, if there’s constant traffic.
Walking or biking gives you the added benefits of saving money on gas, and getting a good workout.
- Tip: You can also split the difference, by driving halfway, and biking or walking the rest of the way. This is a great option if you only experience traffic in a specific part of your route.
Step 3: Get a scooter or a motorcycle. If you’re not willing to give up an engine-powered drive, consider purchasing a scooter or a motorcycle.
Scooters and motorcycles allow you to circumvent most traffic jams by driving between cars and lanes.
Both scooters and motorcycles have the added benefit of being more fuel efficient than most cars, and being affordable purchases.
Tip: Only consider a scooter if your traffic jams occur on city streets. Scooters are not allowed on freeways.
Warning: Driving a scooter or a motorcycle, especially in between cars, is a lot more dangerous than driving in a four-wheeled vehicle. Take a motorcycle driving course to prepare for your commute.
Traffic jams are an unfortunate part of driving, but they don’t need to be a constant part of it. Follow some of these tips and you’ll find yourself staring at another car’s bumper stickers a lot less frequently.
Despite the advanced technology fitted into new cars, a snaking trail of endless red lights is guaranteed to delay your journey. Whether you’re commuting, driving to an appointment or going on staycation, traffic jams are best avoided. Here are three apps that will keep you avoid congestion and stay one step ahead of other road users.
Google maps is the the go-to navigation tool for many people when planning their journeys. Simply add your destination, hit ‘directions’, then ‘start’ and you’re off.
To identify traffic jams along your route, zoom out to spot any red and orange sections which identify delays by their severity. Google will tell you how long you’re likely to be delayed. And it will also highlight alternative routes in grey and provide the expected journey time.
Using real-time data, Google also knows when you’re approaching traffic and will flag a better route giving you the option to take another road. Just take a quick look at the options available and see which will save you most time. Then follow the directions to avoid the jam.
One of Google’s best features is the ability to add your home and work addresses which enables the system to communicate traffic conditions for your commute via in-app messaging. Which helps you get up early enough to make that important meeting.
Best bits: it’s free, easy to use and integrates with your smartphone for personalised journey planning.
Available: on Android and iOS
Well known to city dwellers, Waze is an online map that continually updates routes and traffic conditions via users’ on-the-spot feedback. It also remembers your commonly used routes, frequent destinations and commute times and uses this information to help you arrive at your destination in the optimum time.
You can also create a Planned Drive by entering the time and date you need to arrive with Waze recommending the best time to leave.
Similar to Google Maps, once you select your destination, Waze provides alternative routes for you to choose from. It also uses red lines to indicate the length of traffic jams and automatically reroutes you to an alternate path.
In an effort to avoid congestion, Waze can sometimes shuttle you around residential areas which doesn’t always save time. But if you prefer to be on the move rather than sitting in traffic, Waze could be the one for you.
Best bits: detailed, up to the minute reporting and local traffic alerts.
Available: on Android and iOS
Claiming to be the world’s largest driver network, INRIX crowd sources driving data and keeps its systems up to date with on the ground feedback. This app works in a similar way to Google Maps by showing your route and colour coding the level of traffic along the way using a traffic light system.
When it comes to congestion, the main difference is that this app makes it really easy to see where it is and to find out more. For example, a road traffic accident is easily identified by the overturned car image. Simply touch the symbol and you’ll get details about the incident including where it is, how long ago it happened and the impact on traffic.
Like Waze, INRIX personalises your routes based on your driving habits and usual journeys and it also recommends trips and departure times to keep you on schedule.
Best bits: simple to see problems along your route.
Available: on Android and iOS
As app designers continue to develop their products, there’s little to choose between them. We recommend downloading a couple of these apps and giving them a trial run to see which works best for you.
Can’t decide between Google and Waze? The government is launching its own app called Street Manager which it hopes will combine data from both Google and Waze to create a best-in-class app for drivers. Watch this space….
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Everyday we get stuck in traffic jams while going to or coming back from the office. The cause cannot be recognized at all. But how to avoid traffic jams?
We can understand that it’s not just annoying to be stuck in traffic. If you don’t even get an explanation for the waste of time, we will be left at a loss and frustrated, even if things get moving faster again. After all, every fifth traffic jam has a recognizable cause as a construction site or a lane closure after a traffic accident.
But with around 80 percent of traffic jams, this is more difficult, they are simply caused by congestion. Too many people are in the same place at the same time. However, such a traffic jam does not arise out of anywhere. Rather, the traffic becomes denser at certain points such as driveways and especially on inclines. The same number of vehicles are still driving, but more slowly. In popular parlance, people now speak of ‘slow-moving traffic’.
So far, everything is okay but now it comes to the wrong behavior of individual road users. This includes, in particular, changing from the acceleration lane to the middle or left lane too quickly and the permanent closing of gaps by drivers in a hurry who believe they are faster than the competition. By changing lanes, other drivers are forced to brake.
Usually, because the safety distance is too short, the following has to apply the brakes a little harder than the vehicles ahead. The excessive braking increases from vehicle to vehicle. The result is braking effects that increase towards the rear, and individual cars come to a standstill.
If the approach is delayed by two seconds, a chain reaction quickly occurs, creating wave-like traffic jams that spread backward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour. First, you are stuck in a traffic jam, suddenly the front continues, but as soon as you are happy about the smooth journey again then you have to queue up in the next traffic jam.
So How To Avoid Traffic Jams?
It would make sense to drive in such a way that you can compensate for minor speed adjustments by the vehicle in front without having to brake. Unfortunately, this is not possible in practice, as a car immediately pushes in from the left or right in slightly larger gaps. In addition, many drivers are concerned that if they line up on the right between the trucks in slow-moving traffic, they will not be able to turn left in the acceleration phase.
The ruthlessness is increasing and in their car, people become hunters and gatherers again. In the anonymity of the car, on the road, they let their uncouth nature run free. In a highly uncooperative manner, they basically only think of themselves, their greatest fear is being overtaken by other road users and thus suddenly to be branded as a loser.
Hardly any motorist thinks that their actions on the road can have an enormous effect. But if only one person fails and his car is thwarted, thousands are affected. From the risks to life and limb from accidents not to mention. You can leave at night when going on vacation. Otherwise, if you are stuck in traffic, just hold out. Studies actually show that drivers who do not care about traffic reports, tactical considerations, or the recommendations of the navigation system, but always drive the same route, end up being the fastest.
Driving off and trudging along country roads, on the other hand, is usually bad advice, apart from the fact that it may be psychologically more satisfying for the driver to keep moving, but precisely because of the increase in navigation systems, the alternative routes always get very full very quickly, since these routes are designed for significantly fewer vehicles.
When you are headed to work or just out for a day of errands or a pleasure trip, the last thing that you want to do is waste your time being stuck in traffic. There is never a good time to run into a traffic jam or a backup due to an accident or disabled vehicle but sometimes it can be worse than others. Moving at a snail’s pace in the heat of the summer is like being stuck in a clothes dryer. Air is not moving, you are not moving and chances are good that your car will overheat just before you do. But there are a few tips and tricks that you can employ once you learn how to avoid traffic jams.
Plan Ahead With Alternate Routes Mapped Out
Everyone has their favorite route to work and other places that you drive to frequently. The best route to work could be the one that goes right past your favorite coffee shop or it could be the one which offers the most scenic trip. But there are always alternative paths that you could take if there is a traffic issue on your normal route. Using a smartphone is the easiest way to learn the fastest route as well as seeing your other options. Having a backup plan in mind before you leave is a good idea and can save a lot of time. You might even want to check a few routes during your commute so that you can know different ways to get from one route to the next if you ever encounter a traffic jam.
Try Alternate Routes Just For the Experience
Knowing that there are other routes that you can use in case there is a traffic jam on your normal route is only the first step in your plan. You need to drive the alternate path a few times just to learn the route and become comfortable with it. When you get stuck in traffic you get stressed. And when you are stressed is not a good time to learn a new path to work or anywhere that you are trying to go. But if you familiarize yourself with a few alternate routes then making that quick change will not add stress to your drive. You might even find that one of the new routes is a better choice for your everyday driving.
Adjust Your Travel Time
If you are in a very congested area then you might need to try to alter your drive time to avoid some traffic issues. Leaving just a few minutes earlier can mean that you miss the traffic completely or you have much less traffic to contend with. If you find that you are arriving too early then you might adjust a stop that you make regularly to help compensate for the time change. Maybe you leave earlier but stop closer to work for that morning cup of coffee, or you arrive early and take a walk for some exercise before you start your day. In the end being early is less stressful and allows you to drive at a relaxed pace and not worry about being late. You could also find that leaving later helps to avoid the rush of traffic and you still arrive on time, you simply have been able to avoid all of the traffic issues.
Check and Monitor Traffic Reports
Using your smartphone to get a traffic report before you leave can help you to avoid issues that are already existing but traffic patterns can change quickly, so you want to continue to monitor traffic as you are driving. This can be done via the radio when you select a station which offers frequent updates or you can check updates on your phone. There are also apps that you can use which will monitor traffic and continue to provide you with updates on the best route to your current destination.
Avoid Busy Traffic for Planned Trips
Going to work is not a time that you can easily adjust but there are a lot of other trips that you have control over and can schedule for less busy times of the day. Meeting friends for dinner can be set earlier or later to avoid the evening commute traffic. If you are planning a day of running errands then leave after rush hour in the morning and be sure to complete your trip before the evening commute begins. And if you are routing a vacation, be sure to figure out when you will be driving through large cities and adjust the trip around their rush hour traffic. It is bad enough to be stuck in traffic at home but no one wants to waste an hour of vacation time stuck in a traffic jam. If you find you are crossing a large city at rush hour then do yourself a favor and stop for a meal. Let the traffic clear and avoid the frustration.
If you have no choice but to be commuting during heavy traffic times then why not let someone else worry about the traffic? Most cities offer public transportation that will let you relax and not worry about traffic issues. Taking a bus or a train offers you time to read, catch up on email or just decompress after a long day of work. If your commute is not too long you could also consider riding a bike to get some exercise. Now you are taking advantage of your commute time as an opportunity to improve your health. Once you learn how to avoid traffic jams and try some of the tips you will find that you are much more relaxed. You might also find that you enjoy having that peaceful travel time to listen to music, read or any number of other tasks that you can do while on public transportation. But you will certainly be happier without the frustration of sitting in traffic and wasting your time.
Whether you expect traffic jams or they spontaneously occur after an accident, they infuriate, annoy and waste your time. And imagine how annoying it is for your Midtown moving company that has to deal with this all the time. Although there are many ways to make traffic jams more bearable – for example, listening to a podcast or audiobook or calling a friend – nothing compares to avoiding the traffic jams at all! But, what can you do to avoid traffic jams when moving?
First, let’s see why it is so important to avoid traffic jams when moving
Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic when he can do some more important or more interesting things. Losing your time is not something that you prefer either, is it? Just remind yourself of all the moments that you spent sitting in your car and being upset about everything. You were only thinking about coming home and having a long nice bath. It is great when you can have that. But now, imagine coming home after that and having no place nor time to take a bath. It is annoying, isn’t it? Well, that’s what you will get when moving to a new home in New York City. Traffic jams can delay your move, which can cause a lot of problems and additional expenses.
alt=”Traffic jams” width=”262″ height=”197″ />Sitting in a traffic jam is something that annoys everybody
You will lose too much time
When moving, you want to finish it as quickly as possible. After all, there is a lot of other things that you need to do after the actual move. You cannot afford yourself to come to your new home two hours later just because you got stuck in a traffic jam. That will delay your whole schedule and cause even more stress.
More time on the road means higher expenses
If you are moving yourself, your truck will need much more gasoline since you are constantly stopping. And if you use services of a Manhattan moving company, their price can increase because of more hours they spend moving your belongings. If you have a limited moving budget, that can cause you some serious troubles.
Losing time also means delaying your other obligations
Maybe moving is not the only thing you were planning to do that day. If you have some other places or events you need to attend that day, you might need to reschedule them. Or excuse yourself because you were unable to come.
So, how can you avoid traffic jams when moving?
Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid traffic jams. But usually, there are one or two things you can do to avoid getting stuck in traffic.
alt=”Traffic jams” width=”262″ height=”174″ />And, of course, avoid running into madness on the way to your new home
Avoid heavy traffic
Step 1: Use phone applications
Use phone apps to help you find the best routes and traffic delays. Download the GPS application or maps for your smartphone, such as Google Maps or Waze.
These apps can help you find alternative routes and can also alert you when traffic is especially bad. By monitoring the application, you can see places in your switched traffic that are heavily clogged, and thus choose alternative routes to avoid this.
Note: These apps are updated in real-time to show new traffic jams caused by crashes or road works so you can get the latest and most accurate reports.
Warning: Never use your phone while driving. Before you get into the car, open the app and place it on the phone holder mounted on the dashboard. Using the phone while driving puts you and others at risk. It is also illegal and can lead to a hefty ticket.
Step 2: Pay attention to traffic reports
Take a minute to review traffic reports before you start transporting your belongings. Use one of the phone’s applications, the Internet or the radio to find out the current traffic conditions. Plan the other route based on the information you receive.
Step 3: Find out how to get there
If you think that you will get stuck on the road, make a list of other routes and keep it in your car. Use the Internet search to find other routes that are similar in travel time or distance, but are less likely to have serious traffic jams. Ask your colleagues or other people who have similar trips for other routes that they travel when they go in that direction.
alt=”Family in NYC” width=”262″ height=”174″ />Spending some quality time with your family can also be one of the reasons to avoid traffic jams when moving
Once you have compiled a list of available routes, start trying them a couple of days in advance. You will quickly find out which ones are faster than a traffic jam route. And find out if certain routes work better on certain days or at certain times.
Change your moving schedule
Step 1: Leave at another time
Plan to start your move at another time. By changing your schedule a bit, you can often avoid traffic jams when moving. Changing your schedule can mean less time at home, but it also means much less time in traffic jams. And much more time you can spend doing productive and enjoyable things.
Step 2: Schedule your move for another day
As we all know, weekdays are much busier than weekends. People are going to and of work, and that’s when traffic jams occur. You might want to avoid that by scheduling your move for some other day, preferably weekend. Yes, it is probably more expensive, but you will save yourself some time if you avoid traffic jams when moving. And saving time usually means saving money. After all, you will have much more time to complete your move. There are plenty of other things you need to do, for example, unpacking after the move.
Avoiding traffic jams when moving brings you more benefit than you can imagine
Moving itself is a pretty stressful event. You need to make sure that everything goes well and that all your belongings come safely. And traffic jams can only increase your stress level. Delaying your schedule and losing money because of that can really annoy you. Therefore, use these tips to avoid traffic jams when moving, and you will have a much more pleasant relocation.