I-35 during rush hour
(approximately 5:00 till 6:00pm)
(Credit must be given to William Beaty for animations and research)
I-35 during rush our gets extremely congested causing slowdowns, unnecessary gas usage and frustrations for countless drivers.
Notice the constant acceleration then deceleration made by all cars. Soon after a car accelerates, it must apply brakes, creating a needlessly slow traffic cycle.
This is a common occurrence across the globe with a SIMPLE SOLUTION:
Many countries in Europe use this VERY simple, effective and efficient way of controlling this unnecessary stress caused to well-meaning motorists:
For a freeway such as I-35, a group of cars blocking off all three lanes of traffic should drive at a constant speed which allows them to create a large gap of space in between them and the traffic. This would allow them to not have to apply any braking pressure and travel at a decent speed. The first wave of cars would travel slower than the traffic in front of them, during heavy traffic times this could be 10 mph or less. The first wave of cars would benefit from this because the "stop and go" driving would be eliminated. The real benefit would come when the initial traffic wave has been "eaten" and the next wave of cars can then drive through at a slightly higher speed which would still be regulated.
Traffic is three ways:
1.) Obstruction on the road such as an accident.
2.) Slow merging vehicles entering the freeway, which I-35 severely suffers from.
3.) Heavy volume of traffic .
Slow merging vehicles combined with heavy traffic volume tends to clog freeways across the country during rush hours. These rush hours get progressively worse as cities expand but the infrastructures do not.
WHAT IS NEEDED
-3 cars and 3 drivers.
-Lookout point from a building near freeway with video camera to identify problem areas.
The new traffic cycle would look more like this: