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While driving home on a long holiday weekend, I was caught in stop and go traffic on the highway. With so many cars on the roads these days, every motorist has experienced traffic slowdowns that occur for no apparent reason. These traffic snags appear to propagate in waves for many kilometres and can extend for hours. While crawling along at a snail's pace, I came upon this simple solution to prevent this from happening in the first place and to get traffic up to speed as smoothly as possible. All it would take is for all drivers to follow this simple rule. Do not drive faster that the vehicle ahead of you. Contrary to what people might think, it is not slow vehicles that cause traffic slowdowns but faster ones. A faster vehicle sends the wrong message to every vehicle following behind. When the fast moving vehicle hits a snag, everyone following has to slowdown and this causes traffic throughput to come to a grinding halt. By driving no faster than the vehicle ahead of you on congested highways, you don't have to hit the brakes. Vehicles would maintain a smooth flow and traffic flow would eventually pick up speed.
This brings to mind Community Solutions' slogan - Curtailment & Community. In order to make this world a better place to live in, we need to remind ourselves of these two things.
Curtailment means slowing down, mending our ways and stopping our destructive behaviour.
Community means looking out for each other rather than only thinking of our own self interests.
Let us all slow down and learn to live in hamony with one another.