Causes of traffic congestion and how to avoid it

Traffic congestion causes chaos on the road and it is time-consuming. It makes it difficult for motorists and commuters to reach their destinations on time, this has an impact on the countries economy – some people get relieved from their duties due to unpunctuality, some are demoted, here are some of the main causes of traffic congestion on our roads and way to avoid them:

This disturbance is caused by various factors ranging from traffic lights that are not functional, car accidents that block the roads and impact on the free flow of vehicles, overcrowding in our roads cause by the fact that many people use their own cars to get around, and also reckless and irresponsible drivers who do not abide by the rules of the road, thus disturbing other motorists.

Some taxi drivers are also the reason for traffic congestion, drivers stop where they are not supposed to stop, due to passengers demands, drivers find themselves stopping in the middle of the road, without checking if there is enough space where the taxi can stop without causing traffic congestion or even accidents. The Department of Transport can also make it their priority to fix dysfunctional traffic lights as soon as they receive a report that the lights are not working.


When people take longer than they should reach their destinations, production is affected, as things no longer go according to plan. The best way to manage and address traffic congestion is through being responsible on the roads and also to opt for public transport or lift club. The advantage of using public transport or lift club is that a large number of people can be transported at the same time and this helps in avoiding a situation where there are many cars on the roads. Public transport also makes it possible for the environment to thrive, as there is less emission of gas that harms the environment and the gasses that contribute to global warming.

Traffic police officers should also be deployed to intersections where traffic lights are not working so that they can assist with ensuring that traffic moves smoothly. Motorists must be patient with one another and avoid situations where they engage in road rage as that eventually affects other road users as lanes become blocked and traffic gets disturbed.

Using trains, buses, and mini buses, there will be fewer cars on the roads and this means that traffic will be reduced, equating to less traffic congestion. GoMetro App is also there to make the use of public transport easy, commuters can access their train live updates to check where their trains are: if they are canceled or there is a change of time. GoMetro App can be accessed on smart phones, meanwhile, other phones can make use of our USSD service, by dialing *120*4668#. Having this App in your phone adds an advantage to avoid being part of any traffic congestion. You will know the time, station and availability of your transport from your phone, on your way.because you will be able to check your train and know where it is and what time it will be at your station before you go out you already know what time your transport is coming.

The war against huge traffic congestion on our roads can be won if all stakeholders play their part to ensure that law and order are maintained. Motorists must be quick in reporting faulty traffic lights and other factors that may impact negatively on traffic.

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By | 2018-05-14T09:34:28+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Featured, Informative, South Africa|