If you've ever encountered a "phantom traffic jam" or traffic slowdown that doesn't seem to have an apparent cause, it was probably some jackwagon tailgating somebody. Researchers at MIT found that not only does tailgating not get you anywhere faster, it actually creates traffic jams that shouldn't exist.
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Driving (or idling) in bad traffic isn't just a soul sucking use of your precious hours on this earth, it's also rough on your physical well-being. And if you drive with the windows down you'll be exposed to even more pollutants, particularly if you live in a smog-prone area or a part of the country prone to bush fires. But you can mitigate the amount of air pollution around you by activating your car's best creature comfort.
If you live less than 50 meteres from a major road, you may be more likely to develop dementia.
That's what that results of a recent study looking at 6.6 million people has found, the first to investigate the link between living close to heavy traffic and the onset of major neurodegenerative diseases.
iOS: If you've ever turned off your alarm in the morning only to learn later there's a traffic jam or congestion that will make you late for work even though you got up in good time, Snorelax can help. The app uses current and historical traffic data to wake you up early enough to compensate for any travel delays.
Sydney is notorious for traffic congestion, but a handful of other cities around the world are just as bad (or worse). Recently released data shows what traffic is like in major cities around the world. If you're planning a big move or will be driving around during business trips, you'll want to explore the tool to see what your own commute may look like.
Dear Lifehacker, I received an infringement from the police for not stopping at a Give Way sign which I didn't notice was there. However, I believe another involved driver was at fault. When I attempted to turn right, the other car wasn't there. The only reason they did an emergency stop was because they failed to notice me on the road. The police said I failed to stop and gave me a ticket anyway. Do you think I have a chance to win the appeal?
Depending on who you ask, bicycles are either bona fide vehicles that deserve equal road rights, or a colossal pain in the arse that should be relegated to the footpath. Here's some news that is sure to rile up people in the second camp: police in South Australia have started fining motorists who pass cyclists too closely. Under the new laws, a gap of one metre or less can result in a $347 fine and the loss of two demerit points. We're keen to read your thoughts.
Work commutes can really suck, especially when it takes two hours to travel 16km. If you're planning a permanent move to the US, it pays to know which cities have the worst congestion. Some proactive analysts calculated the cities where you'll spend the most time just sitting in traffic: something all Aussie expatriates should consider.