Tag: traffic

5 Posts

the causes of traffic increases
Sep 23, 2016

In L.A. and Other Gridlocked Cities, Rush-Hour Traffic Never Reaches the Speed Limit

Jim Motavalli

With cheaper gas and an end to the recession, we're heading back out on the congested highways. On the worst roads, Americans are spending an extra 3.5 days in traffic every year.

traffic

Reason for large spaced between cars at lights
Apr 14, 2015

A Modern Mystery: Why Hang Back at Stoplights?

Dear Car Talk

Jim's a self-described old timer and he's noticed a new phenomenon--people leaving several car lenghts between themselves and the next car at traffic lights. Can Car Talk solve this mystery? 

distracted driving traffic

Oct 17, 2014

Traffic Congestion Could Cost $4.4 Trillion

Jim Motavalli

A new study says gridlock could get worse, a lot worse. But we could escape that grim fate with public transit and telecommuting options.

traffic

Jun 13, 2014

American Car Fleet Hits a Record 252 Million

Jim Motavalli

We're keeping cars longer, and buying a lot of new ones. It's a formula for crowded roads.

traffic

May 21, 2014

The Zipper Merge: Vote Now

Staff Blog

The Zipper Merge (aka late merging) is one of the most controversial maneuvers in traffic. We're going to settle this issue once and for all, the Car Talk way, with a highly unscientific poll. Cast your vote now!

traffic polls