Why We Drive On Parkways And Park On Driveways

Here's one of those things you don't really think about until someone points it out to you: why do we drive on parkways, but park on driveways? Hmm. First of all, these terms have been around longer than the existence of cars. "Parking" once referred to planting something on well-kept grounds, not finding a place to keep your car. Find out more in the following video, then learn about more traffic oddities.

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The Counterintuitive Science Of Traffic

The safest and most efficient way to merge is to use the "zipper merge"; that is, to wait until the last possible second and take turns merging with other drivers, instead of moving into the new lane ahead of time.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. In New York City and Los Angeles, commuters spend up to three weeks per year stuck in traffic. 00:18

  2. The real culprit of traffic jams is the sudden fluctuation in driving speed. 00:32

  3. Traffic jams can be prevented with wider lanes and better-synchronized traffic signals. 01:24

Written by Curiosity Staff February 6, 2017

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