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Get Rid of the Traffic

Updated on November 1, 2012

The Texas transportation Institute reports that an average driver will spend from 30 hours a year sitting in traffic to 336 hours a year for drivers in bigger cities. Over several years, said driver would have spent at least a year of his life jammed in the traffic. There are some ways to fight traffic and live our already short spam lifetime to the most. Technology and common sense will help get the problem solved.

What is the problem?

At traffic speeds, one looses time, waste gasoline, get stressed, and its just a big waste of everything.

Traffic and Gasoline

My car, a Kia Rio 2003, gives an average of 27 miles a gallon. The perfect speed for a car is 60 miles per hour (mph) with the engine running at 3 rpm to get the best average miles per gallon that a car can offer. When driving slower, and specially braking and stepping on the gas pedal to move the car, the vehicle works at the lower miles per gallon. Quite simple, one needs more gas to move slowly and do the frequent “brake-move, brake-move, brake-move” motion the traffic causes.


Common sense and technology will help.

Common Sense:

1) Create alternative routes. Sometimes the posted speed limit does not means cr can actually move such speed. Accidents, police check points, many drivers present on the road, all can cause lower speed and traffic. Sometimes just changing a couple streets will save several gallons and minutes.

2) Drive responsible. Accidents cause a great part of the traffic, so do your part. If there is a speed limit is because something in that particular street (road conditions, crossing pedestrians, parked cars, animals crossing) requires you to maybe make a sudden sop that can only be reached at that posted speed.

3) Change your driver schedule. Everyone getting to work in the morning (8am-9:30am) means more drivers present on the road. If you have to drive in the morning to get to work, then try step one to change routes. At 2pm and around that time, paramedics and insurance companies report more traffic accidents, it is because of the sudden fall of energy soem people suffer.


1) Use a GPS with current day to day traffic updates. It is nothing more than a normal GPS but instead of calculating the best route with posted speed limits as all GPS's do, it calculates the best route with current traffic speed. If the traffic is slower on Highway A that is the shortest way tot get home, then this GPS will make a route on Highway B that is a few yards longer. As simple as saving gasoline and time.

A day to day traffic updates GPS will be in the cost range of $97-$180. Getting the highest MPG of your car and saving time it will soon pay itself and even free money by cutting off gas expense or add money by letting you get early to work.

Simple traffic map


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