… for everyone except me.
I guess that’s pretty selfish, but I am not feeling very generous toward others, right now. Let me explain.
We are now in September and the children are back at school here in the UK. That brings a massive increase in road traffic as children are ferried to school, and parents go back to work after the main Summer holiday season. Avoiding traffic jams on the daily commute used to be achieved with a mixture of local knowledge, and experimentation on minor roads.
That has all changed. There have been huge rise in the popularity of satellite navigation devices – either as part of vehicle standard equipment, or portable units – to the point that a majority of drivers use them; 60% according to a 2013 poll of 24,000 drivers. One consequence has been many drivers turning off the clogged main routes and being directed along an apparently quicker alternative. But, so many are now doing it that that the diversion backs up too. In some cases, the delay turns out to be longer than sticking with the original route!