Tips to navigate through Traffic Jams

Well, schools are opening, people are back from vacations, and hell is loose once again on the roads of Dubai and linking emirates. Since last week, if you want to get to work on time, you will have to subtract another half hour from your departure time from home. Some easy ways of navigation help to navigate through traffic and should help you squeeze your way to work in time:

1. Identify chronic bottle-neck areas and try to avoid them by taking linking routes.
2. If you’re thinking of changing lanes, make sure you gain a pace of atleast 2 cars by doing so. Mostly, we see a lane progessing and move to that lane but the next minute, we’re even behind the spot where we were.
3. If you know totally alternative routes, time them! There would be days when particular routes are most efficient.
4. Try and avoid getting stuck in a ‘mesh’ of traffic (where you have no choice but to keep following the same lane).
5. Some ‘usual’ routes are good to avoid – for example: People usually take the Al-Mullah underpass while entering Dubai. Trust me, it is ALWAYS better to take the signal unless the underpass is totally free-flowing.
6. Identify patches of lane that are slow or fast. Every lane, during the course of a route, will have patches where it will either speed up, or be entirely blocked. They mostly follow a pattern over particular days. All you need to do is to switch to the correct lane on time and you’re home free!
7. Once you catch up speed, or get to a less-crowded patch of the road, watch out for “boxed” formations. Avoiding boxes and looking for “zip” spaces to overtake multiple cars at a time will definitely help.

These simple, yet effective ways might take a couple of days or weeks to get used to, but they really help in the long run.

2 Comments so far

  1. khayra-b (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:13 am

    How about “use your blinkers” or “be courteous”?
    Another favorite of mine is “don’t slow down to watch someone change their tires”

  2. Dubai guide (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    I used to drive from Sharjah to Dubai in peak hours through emirates road. My small suggestion is

    “If there is jam packed traffic, then better to keep right most line (slow track). That will move better, becuase people will take right exit and go often. If there is a mild traffic better to keep fast line. No traffic then keep middle line, so no hindrance for fast drivers.”

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