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- Every day, millions of people around the world are stuck in traffic jams, or as they are called, traffic jams. This is a kind of tribute for the opportunity to live in a metropolis. Traffic jams are a problem in all major cities, but an effective way to deal with them has not yet been found.
- Cows are often the culprit in traffic jams in India. Indeed, in Hinduism, these animals are recognized as sacred, therefore, disturbing the peace of a cow lying on the roadway is considered simply unacceptable. The number of cows quietly roaming the streets of cities in India is about five million.
- Moscow faced traffic congestion problems already in the twenties of the last century. Although, congestion, consisting of horse-drawn transport, was noted even in the seventeenth century. To save the streets of the capital from transport problems, the first metro line was opened in 1935. However, the number of cars increased rapidly, therefore, traffic jams soon reappeared on the streets of the city.
- The longest plug is believed to have been about 200 kilometers long. This happened in 1980 in France. This event was even included in the Guinness Book of Records. Millions of motorists were driving home after a holiday in the Alps, the road was enveloped in thick fog, which caused many accidents. True, there is information that the record is outdated; there have been more impressive traffic jams in China.
- In Pakistan, a road was blocked for the passage of the motorcade of President Asif Ali Zardari several years ago. At this time, they tried to deliver a pregnant woman to the hospital. The policemen refused to let the car pass, therefore, the child was born right in the car. The president himself, having learned about this, said that in such cases it is necessary to provide for alternative routes in order to avoid such misunderstandings.
- In 2015, INRIX calculated that, on average, every Moscow resident spent 57 hours in traffic jams. Muscovites were immediately reassured, this is much less than in London or New York. For example, in the English capital this figure is almost twice as high - 101 hours.
- For one in seven Americans, the biggest problem in traffic congestion is the lack of a toilet. TravelJohn decided to help sufferers by mass-producing mini-toilets for such situations. You can order such a piece both from the company itself via the Internet, and you can buy it in roadside stores. True, the price there is much higher.
- With the growth of megalopolises and the increase in the number of cars in them, even a traffic phobia, a fear of traffic jams and a congestion of a large number of cars, appeared. Many townspeople, barely waking up, are already beginning to fear that they may find themselves in a traffic jam.
- Some suffer in traffic jams, others make money on it. For example, in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where more than 10 million people live, there is a special service. A person caught in a traffic jam can call the company. After a while, two employees will arrive on a motorcycle. One of them will sit in the car until the traffic jam is gone, and the other will deliver the client on a motorcycle to the specified address.