Politeness Cause Of Traffic Jams In UK

Cause of Traffic Jams
According to Phys.org, Walker’s conclusion is that the cause of traffic jams is the accumulation of “small actions from individual drivers.”

Over across the big pond, there’s a pretty reputable educational institution referred to as Heriot-Watt’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. It’s there that one Dr. Guy Walker, Associate Professor in Human Factors, does research trying to figure out how to prevent traffic jams. In other words, he’s a modern hero.

Walker released findings that are interesting to say the least. They suggest that there isn’t some mechanism to traffic jams that makes us helpless to their existence. According to Phys.org, Walker’s conclusion is that the cause of traffic jams is the accumulation of “small actions from individual drivers.” In other words… IT’S YOUR FAULT!!!

More specifically, people merge too early when confronted by a lane closure. Instead of merging “at the forefront of the queue,” as Walker eloquently puts it, people move into the open lane as soon as possible. And from this, traffic begins to back up.

Here’s the thing though. Walker is analyzing British driving tendencies. What about here in the New World? Walker’s research says nothing about what goes on here but for those of us who drive on American highways everyday, the idea that drivers are too polite probably doesn’t hold water.

In any case, maybe the solution is to take the middle ground. Don’t be too polite and don’t be too aggressive. See how that works.

Buick Super Bowl Ad Shows Off New Buick Convertible

Buick Super Bowl Ad
The Buick Super Bowl ad starred the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. along with actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.

During the Super Bowl, Buick ran a spot featuring the all-new Buick Cascada. It’s a beautiful car: sleek and aerodynamic. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a convertible. Buick is so cruel… The brand has to know that making us watch a convertible speed off into the distance never looks more appealing than in February! But when you think about it, it’s just brilliant marketing.

The Buick Super Bowl ad in question starred the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski. They are attending a wedding in what looks like California’s wine country. The bride tosses the bouquet of flowers and Ratajkowski takes off, as if she’s on a fly pattern. She dives and makes the catch, prompting the other attendees to comment, “She Odell’d it!”

They then express general disbelief that Odell Beckham Jr. is in attendance but that is quickly overshadowed by their disbelief that “that convertible is a Buick.”

Watch the Buick Super Bowl ad here!