Stress caused by long stay in traffic jam can be reduced

Stress caused by long stay in traffic jam can be reduced if drivers make this adjustment


In the city of Lagos – Nigeria, the problem of traffic gridlock has remained an unending trauma. I’m making reference to Lagos State because it’s where I have been living for 13 years.

Port Harcourt, Aba and other highly populated areas in Nigeria are also faced with  issues of terrible traffic jam, especially towards festive seasons.

What you don’t know is your long stay in daily traffic jam is a trigger for stress. Some people manifest stress signs in the way they act and talk, but when presented with the question, “are you stressed?”, in most cases they’ll tell you “no” or “I don’t know “.

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When I was an employee, the journey to and fro work was more stressful than the job itself.

Stress caused by traffic jam, either as a passenger or a driver causes exhaustion, mental tiredness,  leg numbness and in most cases binge eating while in traffic.

But why exactly do we still have so much traffic jam even with new road constructions and the expansion of old roads ?

The cause of such traffic jam isn’t completely tied to population of car users. It’s caused by “bumper to bumper” (tailgating) kind of driving 70% of the time.

A research by Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),  shows we’d have fewer traffic jam if we made one small change to how we drive.

The team’s new journal article argues that if we all kept an equal distance between the cars in front of and behind us , an approach that MIT Professor Berthold Horn describes as “bilateral control” , we would all get where we’re going almost twice as quickly.

“Driving like this (bilateral control) could have a dramatic effect in reducing travel time and fuel consumption without having to build more roads or make other changes to infrastructure”, says Horn.

When cars are driven bumper to bumper,  it becomes a chaotic situation when one car suddenly breaks down.

If 60% of car drivers while driving can start practicing the bilateral control method, we will not only have easy flow of traffic, but stress caused by long stay in traffic jam, will be significantly reduced.

The question is how many drivers will comply in Lagos?

 

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