How bad it is for your health:
As roadways choke on traffic, researchers suspect that the tailpipe exhaust from cars and trucks–especially tiny carbon particles already implicated in heart disease, cancer and respiratory ailments–may also injure brain cells and synapses key to learning and memory.
Scientists, who studied hundreds of heart attacks, concluded nearly one in 12 was linked to traffic
Getting stressed by everyday irritations can cause mental health problems a decade later, Researchers warn that the cumulative effect of getting annoyed at small things every day is damaging.
Exercises to get relief after reaching destination out of traffic:
Step 1. Acknowledge Your Feelings – Are you frustrated, impatient, anxious, overloaded, judgmental, mentally gridlocked? Admit what you are feeling.
Step 2. Heart-Focused Breathing – Breathe deeply through the heart area, with ease and a comfortable rhythm
Step 3. Draw in Inner Ease and Balance – Continue Heart-Focused Breathing and imagine with each in-breath that you are drawing in the feeling of inner ease and emotional balance.
Step 4. Anchor and Maintain – When the stressful feelings have calmed, make a heartfelt commitment to anchor and maintain the state of ease as you re-engage in your activities.
How to avoid traffic jams:
First of all don’t think that you are entering into traffic, main point is that you are the traffic and you are creating problems for yourself.
Use public transport:
It sound bitter to many of us, but if you can think in broader way and want to give better for environment for your children, it’s the best way to commute. Leave your pride at home and do it. There’s no shame in using the subway, the bus or the tram, despite being the proud owner of a luxurious sedan, SUV or sports car. I have seen personally CEO of a company travelling in Metro train in Inchenon capital of South korea.Hats off to people of South Korea.
You can significantly cut down on your commuting time.
Protect your sanity and breathe better air in the long run.
You can save lots of fuel for your country, thereby help the country’s economic growth.
Use Office cab:
I know many of us blame the Govt, and public transport system in the country for the first choice, I have answer for them. You can use Office cab.
You can get chance to walk around 5 to 10 minutes to reach bus stop
You can reach without doing big feats on the road and free from traffic hectic.
But this is not suitable if you are home is far located from bus stop
Use 2 Wheeler:
Two wheeler is the best option for some countries, and it enormously reduces traffic and you can enjoy the ride. With this option also you can save lots of time and diesel for your country.
You can feel the natural breeze touching your body gently.
But only disadvantage here is it can’t protect you from sudden rain fall in your city
Change the timings:
If you slightly change the schedule of your departure to and from work, you might circumvent the biggest traffic jams of the day. It’s a known fact that most of the world’s population works from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM, so the worst gridlocks of the day take place approximately half an hour before and after those times. Obviously, you would have to leave at least half and hour earlier to work and half an hour later from work in case you want to avoid that. Although in theory it sounds like you lose an hour, you’re actually buying yourself time by not sitting in your idle car and instead doing something more productive.
Select the best route and change the route according to the situation:
You should probably change your everyday traffic jammed route. It’s technically impossible for all roads in a city to be congested at the same time. So, instead of taking the most obvious route, which everyone else is already using, try to think like a trout and go against the flow by using smaller side streets to reach your destination inside the city. Naturally, it has become increasingly difficult to do that in recent years, as more and more people do that, leading to over-clogged side streets as well, but it’s still worth a shot.
Last and interesting one is listening to radio:
Never rely just on your better judgment, since you can’t predict the future when leaving home. Always listen to the radio for any gridlock announcements so you can plan your route ahead, before actually arriving right in the middle of a traffic jam. Some road arteries aren’t always jam packed with cars, so it’s good to know in advance if they’re drivable or if you should change your route.