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The science behind traffic jams

Published March 7, 2011


The next time you’re stuck in traffic on the Don Valley Parkway, you can take some solace in knowing science has it all figured out.

A new infographic from Car Insurance Guide aims to decode the causes of that great scourge of urban driving known as the common traffic jam.

Titled “The Science Behind Traffic Jams,” the graphic proposes three theories thought up by mathematicians to explain gridlock: The butterfly effect, invisible waves, and the tragedy of commons.

But sometimes, as is often the case on the DVP, the problem simply comes down to too many cars and not enough road.

Take a closer look at the graphic below for the full explanation.

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Via: Car Insurance Guide

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