Traffic jams can end with proper attitude
With Canada's urban population on the rise, morning and afternoon traffic jams aren't likely to go away any time soon. But the frustration that comes from being trapped in slow-moving traffic can change with the proper attitude.
More ramp signals, traffic information signs and commuter lanes can help, but most experts agree that the real answer to the problem begins and ends with the driver.
"The roads aren't probably going to get any wider, the traffic is just going to get heavier," Toronto police Constable Hugh Smith told radio station 680News. "Our behaviour can change for the better."
Russ Holden, a traffic reporter for 680News, says people should prepare for the worst and get a jump start on their commute as well.
"If people left 15 minutes earlier than they do today, they would drive better, they wouldn't be as aggressive because hey, they'd have more time," he said.
Both agree, however, that a positive attitude is the best stopgap to traffic jams.
The right or wrong attitude can have a domino effect. Traffic jams can lead to road rage, which can then lead to an accident, making the traffic problem even worse, and increasing auto insurance rates for the drivers involved.
Everyone is better off – and the traffic will move much smoother – if drivers remain calm and considerate.