Jams and how to cope with it

30 Dec

A view of a common traffic jam in Malaysia (courtesy of backpackingmalaysia)

Traffic jams are usual scenes. Be it you are at New York, Singapore or maybe Dhaka. But the massive jams mostly occurs on mornings where people on their way to work. I’m no expert in this but after some observation and experience after a year working in KL, I found some rather interesting facts and some tips on how to cope and how to solve this sometimes stressful scenes. Facts and tips after the jump.


  1. Traffic jams usually starts at 8.00AM, started with only around 20 cars involved.
  2. Peaked at between 8.30 – 9.30AM and can be more than 100 cars involved during that time.
  3. Jams can sometimes stretch until 5KM! Imagine if you are moving 50 meters in 10 minutes.
  4. Traffic jams can also caused by accidents, although not that serious (like bumped into other car with light scratches)
  5. 8 out of 10 traffic jams situated at a junction where a lot of people want to come in or out of the junction


How to avoid it

  1. Make sure you plan your travel, even though you came from six blocks away!
  2. Make sure you hear traffic announcements before you start your travel, so that you can choose your alternative routes.
  3. If it was already announced any and you don’t have alternative routes, wait for the traffic jam to deplete.

How to cope with it

  1. Listen to music or radio.
  2. Have a conversation with your car partner (if any).
  3. Watch other drivers’ faces and behavior, see if you can smile at them if they notice to cheer them up.

Attitude is everything

  1. If you are already stuck in a jam, DO NOT go into the emergency lanes. This will worsen the traffic jam and will annoying others. Yes, you are late, I understand. So are them.
  2. DO NOT changing between lanes, unless you have to. If you see the right lane is faster moving than your lane, you just ignore it, because 9 out of 10 drivers will try to go into the lanes. And what happens if your lane contains 30 vehicles? Your lane will be cleared not long after, and the right lane will be slowed. Plus, you can avoid getting hit by a motorcycle.
  3. Make sure you are in the right direction. Last minute change of direction can cause accidents during traffic jams.
  4. If you are coming in or out of a junction, DO NOT go slower than the current speed you are in, unless you have to. This will reduce the distance between your vehicle and vehicles behind you which will ensure a smoother traffic flow.
  5. DO NOT make telephone calls or texting during traffic jams. You are not concentrated if you are in a call or texting. This can cause accidents. This activity is already a no-no in Malaysia, even you are not in a traffic jams. You are bored, yes. But it is nothing compared to a worsen traffic jam.
  6. DO NOT slow down or stop if you see an accident, unless you are helping. This is a habit among Malaysian drivers when they see an accident, even a small one. They love to see accidents and some people regard them like exhibition. They love to see rather than help. Less energy consumed.

The point is that attitude causing everything that happened around you. If you have a good attitude toward any event, it will turn out to be better over time. So make sure you take care of your attitude while your driving or while you’re in any situation and everything will turn out just fine.

If you have anything to add, give it a comment and I will add it into the post if it makes sense.


3 Responses to “Jams and how to cope with it”

  1. alzaclub December 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    nice blog,hope can get link exchange with my alza club site http://www.myalza.com if can email me myalaza@live.com

  2. Amir@Kecez December 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    But bro. Sometimes you do not have a choice since there is only way to go to your office 😛 So how? 🙂

    • akmalfikri December 31, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

      lol.. that’s why we need to plan before any travel..

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