China's Insanely Long Traffic Jam

The China National Highway 110 Traffic Jam made headlines in 2010 due to its extraordinary length, in terms of both time and distance. Some drivers said that they could only move around 0.6 miles (1 km) every day, and that they lived out of their cars for up to five days. The jam was probably caused by a combination of truck traffic and construction. While cars were at a standstill, vendors approached to sell food and drinks, typically at prices that were many times more than the standard cost.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Traffic is often caused by saturation, or the presence of too many cars on the road. 00:49

  2. Humans typically take three-quarters of a second to hit the brake pedal. 01:51

  3. Hear some potential strategies for dealing with traffic: 02:47

Written by Curiosity Staff December 23, 2015

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