How do you pass the time in a Heavy Traffic Jam?

Jump to Last Post 1-6 of 6 discussions (11 posts)
  1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
    Jacqueline4390posted 3 years ago

    How do you pass the time in a Heavy Traffic Jam?

    I just read that there was a traffic jam in China that last almost an entire day. Vendors were selling food at triple the price and smashed windshields of motorists who refused to buy anything. It didn’t mention in the article regarding bathroom accommodations, however.

    Fortunately, the worst traffic jams I’ve ever experienced lasted a little over an hour and it was in Chicago during rush hour traffic. If you were in a situation where the traffic jam lasted more than 4 hours; what would you do?

  2. tsmog profile image78
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    Wow! I have no idea. I have had similar experiences as you with a snail pace for an hour or longer. How horrendous with the violence because someone did not buy someone's goods. That is simply scary. The bathroom I don't know . . . I simply do not know.

    One sad part is I carry quarters with me now always. I ran into a situation where the bathrooms in the businesses off the freeway all were pay restrooms. The fast food restaurant would give you a token if you bought something otherwise you needed a quarter. Running into a speedy mart (that is not the name of the market) they did not have tokens it was simply a quarter.

    There are rest areas on long stretches of the freeway (I live in California), but they really are only available where there are not any townships or cities for great distances. They seem usually to be near some kind of national or state park too. At least that is my experience.

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I've never had the highway jam it's always the interstate within the city and then there was no where to go and a person could easily walk between cars (I wouldn't of course.)

  3. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 3 years ago

    Luckily I haven't experienced jams as bad as that one in poor old China but I do occasionally get caught in commuting traffic here in West Yorkshire, UK. This can mean waiting in a slow moving line for about 30 minutes. Not so bad. The worst one I ever got stuck in was down near London, following accidents and road repairs on a weekend. We were in that one for just over two hours and it didn't budge.
    We, like many other drivers and passengers, were forced to go walkabout because the weather was quite hot and staying in the car cooped up like an oven bird was not an option. Eventually we were released by the police but many people were at breaking point - thankfully we could use a Mother nature's hedgerows and shrubs for some light relief!
    I find I go through phases when caught in slow traffic. Initially there's frustration, puzzlement, finger tapping, cursing, the odd bout of shouting, then fits of quiet anger, helpless appeal to the God of All Traffic, then, if I'm with someone else, a debate on the ever greedy motor industry, our human weaknesses when it comes to possessing our beloved car, the failings of public transport to lighten the load on the road and other moot points!!

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think many of us go to some type of phase from utter hopelessness to down right rage! Trying to maintain your cool is not always easy.

  4. Alyssa Gripshover profile image79
    Alyssa Gripshoverposted 3 years ago

    I don't go through much traffic in Northern Kentucky. But on one occasion me and my fiance were late for a party and he was agitated. He was also driving and I wanted to calm him down(he hates being late for anything:). So I wrote a poem right there in the car and read it to him. It goes as follows:
    Traffic by Alyssa Gripshover
    Red lights beam their halted stare,
    And from the left I get a glare,
    From the older man, late for lunch,
    Cause we are all caught up in a bunch!
    Hunks of metal crammed so tight,
    I think I might not get home tonight,
    For miles ahead and behind,
    Not an inch will you find.
    Car horns blast to & fro,
    From the drivers that just want to go,
    To this place or that exit,
    If only we could turn around & forget it!
    But, Alas! We creep forward!
    And I am closer toward,
    The place to be, my destination,
    And then I can get over all this frustration.
    Then suddenly, we're stopped,
    From somewhere someone dropped,
    The F Bomb over the crowd,
    It's the only tension release allowed.
    Someday I'll get there, wait & see,
    Nothing will deter me!
    I just have to make it through the Traffic

    Fortunately, the jam only lasted about a half hour and it only took me ten minutes to write. My fiance was cracking up the rest of the way!

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That was Great!

  5. Jeannieinabottle profile image90
    Jeannieinabottleposted 3 years ago

    I can't imagine I would do very well in a traffic jam that lasted such a long time.  I would need to use the bathroom at some point, so I suppose that would be entertaining figuring out if I could run into some type of woods or store close to the car and run back before the car needed to move further.

    I would need a lot of music to get me through the experience.  I would also potentially strike up some conversations with other drivers by yelling out the window.  I certainly hope I had some snacks in the car.  If not, I would probably welcome some type of vendor coming by with food.  I don't too well if I have to sit in a small space too long without food or drink.

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm a nibbler myself!

  6. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Depending on the time of day, traffic in DC can be awful. I use the time to make phone calls. Construction is the biggest irritation in DC these days, always something going on, all times of the day.
    I cannot imagine being stuck in a 4-hour traffic jam. I'd have to close my business down because I'd never make it to my office to see scheduled clients.

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Just think about an all day traffic jam!!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)