Top down view of a traffic jam in the heart of Jakarta downtown district in Indonesia capital city

As traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels in the city, the frustration felt by professional drivers is palpable, increasing stress levels and making it more difficult to offer accurate ETAs. To help avoid annoying, frustrating and inevitable traffic conditions, please take note of the following tips.

  1. Seek out alternative routes. Relying solely on GPS to get around the city can be a dangerous gamble. Traffic patterns can turn on a dime, so it’s always a good idea to check alternative routes for common destinations. Prepare yourself by thinking of as many alternate routes as possible if your favorite road is closed. Examine maps both on and off the Internet. To explore routes, use different colored highlighters on a paper map. Many map services online provide alternative routes and “no highways” possibilities.

It’s also a good idea to consult coworkers or others who commute similarly. They might know of a shortcut you don’t. Knowing how to swap from one route to another at various points during your trip is also highly beneficial, allowing you to adjust if you discover a sudden traffic bottleneck ahead.

  1. Try the alternative routes when you are not in a hurry. It’s one thing to be aware of different routes; it’s another to try them all. It’s not a good idea to gamble on an unknown route with a passenger in the car, but there will be times when you can improvise a bit. On paper, some routes appear to be better than others. Still, available lanes and speed limits may make even the physically shorter highways more challenging to navigate. Just make sure you do this when you can afford to be late or you’re not in a hurry. Also: Remember that traffic patterns change during certain times of the day. What works at 11:00am may not be viable at 5:30pm.
  2. Look ahead of time at reports for traffic in your main routes. Although AM radio is still valuable for this reason, there are other ways to figure out and even go more in-depth with that information before getting into your car. Updates on traffic are now available on the Internet. Continue to listen to traffic reports on the radio after you’re on the road. You can also download route optimization apps such as Waze or Google Maps. Waze allows you to track other users on the road to determine if congestion is clearing up ahead or exiting a highway is the best option.

These traffic remedies may appear simple and obvious, but it does not make them any less effective. All drivers have the ability to make their ride a little easier, whether it’s just testing the roads or employing current programs and applications before or during the drive.

Source: California News Times