If you're here, chances are you already have plenty of reasons to hate traffic, but have you ever really sat down and thought about how far reaching the negative impact of traffic is? It's absolutely HUGE. Here are the top four reasons ih8traffic.org exists.
This ones pretty simple, right? It wastes time to sit in traffic, but how much? That's hard to say exactly, but consider about 120 million Americans commute by automobile to work. Their average one-way commute is about 25 minutes, so that's approximately 25 Billion hours Americans spend commuting to work by automobile each year. That leaves a lot of room for improvement.
Tires and brakes wear out more quickly in stop-and-go traffic. Vehicles are more fuel efficient operating at a constant speed in free flowing traffic. In business, time is money. Any good or service that requires transportation on our roads costs more due to traffic.
Everyone hates traffic because it's frustrating. It's frustrating because there's no obvious reason for it to be so bad, and we feel powerless to do anything about it. Why is it so terrible? What can I do to make it better? ih8traffic.org is here to help. Goodbye road rage. Hello smooth sailing.
The average vehicle pollutes more per mile at very low speeds. Idling stopped in traffic is the absolute worst. The vehicle is still polluting, but it isn't going anywhere. Vehicle emissions increase as speed varies more because acceleration increases emissions significantly. Therefore, improving traffic by reducing stops and smoothing the flow can have a significant positive impact on air pollution.