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What You Can do to Help Make Traffic Better

Rush-hour traffic approaching the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.
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The word “traffic” gets your heart pumping and your frustration going. Everyone hates heavy traffic, but everyone’s got to deal with it. There’s nothing to be done about traffic; it’s just a curse in cities. Except, of course, that this isn’t true. There’s a lot you can do about traffic, starting right this very minute.

Here are how you can help reduce traffic in your city to help everyone have an easier commute.

Leave Earlier

Some people can’t help but drive at rush hour. However, if you can help it, try to avoid hitting the road at peak travel times. There are many ways to do this, but the simplest is to leave a bit earlier. Maybe you can get to where you’re going a bit ahead of time and prepare for work or class for an hour before you need to go in. Or, maybe you can meet up with some friends in a shared space before work and play some games together.

Whatever you need to do to make this happen, it’s a great way to reduce your stress, as you’ll be driving at a non-peak hour, and it’ll reduce the amount of traffic at peak hours for other drivers.


Another option for reducing traffic is carpooling. If you carpool, join together with coworkers to all travel to work together, you’ll significantly reduce the number of cars on the road. If everyone on the road carpools instead, it would cut the number of cars on the road by a factor of three or four.

This is also better for the environment and better for your car. You’ll spend less money on gas, put minor wear and tear on your vehicle, and get to spend some time with your coworkers before you go to work.

Other Transportation

While there’s not much you can personally do about the actual number of cars on the road; you can prevent one from being there: your own. Finding other modes of transportation, like a bicycle or public transit, can give you a great alternative to driving.

Cycling is good for you and good for the environment.

Public transportation, meanwhile, is a great way to quickly get where you’re going without making as big of an impact on the environment or traffic in your city. This is a win-win scenario: you don’t have to spend more time in traffic, and people who are in traffic have fewer other vehicles to contend with on the road.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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