Traffic is frustrating. It's no wonder, considering that you're an individual navigating a system much larger than yourself. For this reason, traffic science is full of counterintuitive factors. We've gathered some of them here.
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In The Driver's Seat
What Causes Traffic Jams?
Why does it seem like they come out of nowhere?
Key Facts In This Video
In New York City and Los Angeles, commuters spend up to three weeks per year stuck in traffic. 00:18
The real culprit of traffic jams is the sudden fluctuation in driving speed. 00:32
Traffic jams can be prevented with wider lanes and better-synchronized traffic signals. 01:24
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