Driving wisely through traffic jams

With a few of my colleagues residing in the same village, Triolet, we regularly talk about the daily traffic along the different routes we drive to office.

The use of lanes on the motorway is very often among the subjects we discuss. Regularly, despite two of us cross each other at some point on the road, there’s always a few minutes difference on reaching the capital. Speed is definitely not the reason at this peak time of the day. We noticed that driving wisely can actually be of great use, accounting for a large majority of the time difference and also, it might help to effectively control your fuel efficiently at the same time.

Anyone made that observation too? Personally, I found that the flow of vehicles on the left lane is more fluid in traffic jams most of the times. Another factor determining the fluidity is the presence of police traffic officers on roundabouts. Generally, vehicles on the left lane go more smoothly if there is no traffic officers regulating the traffic in these places.

With no traffic jams ahead, it is without doubt that the fluidity is better when you drive in the fast lane (right). And for god’s sake, please get off the fast lane when you are not overtaking! An important point to note : The existing law is being modified to re-inforce the regulations concerning the use of the fast lane. Soon, the fast lane will be strictly used  for overtaking vehicles only.

Some other tips :

  • Avoid accelerating unnecessarily in a traffic jam because it won’t bring you anywhere.
  • Sometimes it might be better to switch to the fast lane when you are approaching an area where a secondary road joins the motorway. Some drivers can aggressively and carelessly drive into your lane.
  • If you spot several heavy vehicles in the same lane as yours, switch to the other lane at some point of time. It might save you some minutes.
  • With motorcycles driving (sometimes carelessly) and zigzagging along the queues of vehicles, pay attention because they might appear suddenly behind your vehicle.
  • Always keep an eye around your vehicle and position yourself so that to leave some space in between two lanes. Better be on the safe side to avoid getting scratched by the two-wheelers.

Any additional tips to share???

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  • Tne faner la! Tne dire ça zot tout… zot ine comprend timing la… pou ena compétition aster!! 🙁

  • lol.

  • YA gave general advice to all, I believe, for all to assimilate and avert getting frustrated by the competition that careless/reckless drivers instill in their wake. Competition exists only in the mind of greedy competitors…

  • “With motorcycles driving (sometimes carelessly) and zigzagging along
    the queues of vehicles, pay attention because they might appear
    suddenly behind your vehicle.”
    Come on! 🙂 You can’t drive with your eyes permanently gazing the rear-view mirror!!
    What is behind you stays behind, up to them to keep their safety distance.

    “Always keep an eye around your
    vehicle and position yourself so that to leave some space in between two
    lanes. Better be on the safe side to avoid getting scratched by the
    two-wheelers.”Again, this phenomenon (bad habit reared by the customary complacency of police) is called lane splitting. It’s very unsafe for the two-wheelers, and is illegal in certain countries.
    My guess is that if ever some very wise politician tries to legislate likewise, there will be a “front commun 2-roues” which will whine and complain that their livelihoods will be hindered…

  • Concerning your point of motorcycles… trop vrai ça Yash… fouf… as if laws do not exist for them!!! :S

    BTW, si la majorité lire ça post la et suive to advice… mo pou trankille dans fast lane laem!!! Hihihihi!!! ^^ La plupart pou rode alle dans slow lane!! Lerla fast lane pou libérer imper non? xD

  • Yasir

    Save morning breakfast for heavy traffic jam.. STRICTLY when all vehicles are stalled.

  • Some terminology clarifications:
    – Lane splitting is where a motorcycle rider moves past vehicles at an unsafe speed of more than 30km/h. Lane splitting is illegal in some countries.

    – Lane filtering is where a motorcycle rider moves past stationary or slow moving vehicles safely at a speed of 30km/h or less. Lane filtering is legal in many countries.

    Speaking about how dangerous lane splitting can be, do you realise that almost all car/bus/lorries in Mauritius actually split a lane with a motorcyclist? How many drivers do you know that actually get out of the lane while overtaking a motorcyclist? So many cars pass close to motorcyclists at high speeds within the same lane! Depriving motorcyclists or mopeds of a full lane is actually an offence in other countries!

    Coming back to lane filtering (moving through stationary and very slow moving traffic), it is actually beneficial for everyone! Can you imagine what will the traffic jam be if motorcyclists, instead of filtering, lined up one after another at peak hours? And its not fun to stay under scorching sun for hours between stationary vehicles! Also most motorcycles are air-cooled so we have to keep riding to prevent engine overheating.

    Lane filtering is also safer for motorcyclists as they thus eliminate the risk of rear-ended, especially in Mauritius, where drivers never keep safety distances. Mauritian drivers will soon break the record in number of multiple-crashes (carombolage)!

    A motorcycle friendly driver will always check his mirrors and use directions indicators when changing lane, will not straddle the white-line (lane separator) so that there is space for motorcycles to filter.

  • Totally agree. Thank you for your comment.