TRAFFIC jams are a dreaded part of a motorist’s daily commute in the Klang Valley. Some drivers use the time to be productive, while others pass the time by observing the amusing behaviours of those on the road.
While getting stuck in traffic may not always be fun, StarMetro’s Online Broadcast (MOB) has come up with a non-exhaustive list of the things that people do while stuck in traffic.
- Catching up on phone calls
No one likes to waste valuable minutes when seated behind the wheel. Some motorists choose to utilise this time by making important phone calls while waiting for the traffic to move.
- Singing along to songs on the radio
While the chances of getting caught red-handed wailing to your favourite song is almost certain, this potentially embarrassing situation may be worth it as some consider this solo karaoke session to be tension-relieving.
- Taking selfies
Selfies, or the act of taking self-portraits, appears to be a popular way to pass the time when traffic is at a crawl. While there are appropriate and inappropriate places for selfies, this narcissistic act is probably best done when one is not operating a vehicle.
- Browsing social media
Our itchy fingers cannot resist the temptation to swipe the glossy screens of our smartphones and browse through our online news feeds when the time permits. While it’s a great way to catch up on the latest news, it makes us easy preys to snatch thieves and other distractions. Put that phone away!
- Applying make-up
Some women see the morning traffic as an opportunity to apply their make-up. While it may be considered putting time to good use in the eyes of some, this habit is not only distracting to the driver, but a safety hazard to others on the road.
Everyone complains about not having time to read. Traffic jams appear to be a favourite time for people to read the newspapers or that book that’s been collecting dust on your table.
Some research may indicate that eating while driving is more dangerous than texting while driving. However, many motorists feel that traffic jams are an ideal munch-time to satiate hunger pangs that strike while in unmoving traffic.
- Staring at other drivers
Amusing things can be observed about the people surrounding you, whether they are picking their nose or seem lost in their thoughts. While cars are not bubbles that make us invisible, staring is always rude. Kindly focus on the road in front of you.
- Watching videos
From catching up with your latest drama series to watching the latest viral video on social media, videos are a great way to pass the time. The only caveat is that this habit is dangerous as it is distracting to the driver.
- Do puzzles
Puzzles require thinking, which motorists probably have time to do during the rush-hour madness. Sudoku, crossword puzzles or word search are just some of the things that we may be guilty of doing to pass the time while stuck in traffic.