When I saw these traffic images of complete gridlock, and whenever I see or experience a nightmarish traffic situation, it affects me in a way that’s probably a bit different than others…
While others who are stuck in the same traffic jam are most likely annoyed, angry, or pi$$ed off about being late to wherever they’re going next, I instead get a reinforcing jolt of certainty that most people will be absolutely ‘screwed’ who live in population-dense regions if and when the SHTF. It’s absolutely amazing to witness the sea of humanity at times – and to recognize the systemic risks that go along with the supporting infrastructure that keeps it all alive…
That said, people live where they live, and that’s the way it is. So what can be done to be prepared for traffic gridlock?
A few ideas:
But first, here’s a video of Thanksgiving 2016 ‘getaway’ traffic from Los Angeles:
source: ABC7 Eyewitness News
1. Keep your gas tank full! I am one of those who rarely lets my tank fall below half. Although I currently live rural and don’t have to worry about traffic gridlock, I have spent many years of my life living and working in very population-dense regions (have even been in the exact traffic-jam location pictured above), I do feel better knowing that I have the range of travel with a near full tank. If you’re caught in a serious traffic jam while running on fumes, you will only make it worse when you run out of gas!
2. Keep food / snacks in your car. It will certainly help your mood if you’re getting hungry around meal time while stuck in a traffic jam.
3. Keep some bottled water in the vehicle.
4. Know alternate routes of travel. Most of us are stuck in the habit and routine of going a certain way. This is usually the quickest way, however in a traffic gridlock situation you ‘might’ be better off going another way (‘might’)…
5. A ‘CB radio’ will often reveal ‘why’ there’s traffic or where an accident may be located ahead, truckers taking alternate routes, etc.. (channel 19), and it’s also amusing to listen to while stuck in traffic. I keep a handheld CB-radio in the truck all the time, and it has come in handy…
6. Learn to enjoy and be entertained by the idiocy that you will observe around you while stuck in traffic. It is amazing to realize the lunacy, selfishness, and stupidity that exists in our fellow man and woman while under duress.
7. And most of all, stay calm 😉
This is my CB Radio:
Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio
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Care to share your traffic gridlock/jam/nightmare scenarios?
I certainly have lots of stories from over the years!