Note: the following image is a rarity. Please handle with extreme care…
Yes folks, this is a documented image of Interstate 5 with MODERATE traffic. I was told two things for which I should prepare prior to heading west: a tolerance for coffee and blindingly frustrating traffic patterns.
Granted, Seattle was once reported as having the fourth friendliest drivers in America, but just as we observed with Joe Namath, being nice doesn’t always equate to a positive, healthy outcome. I wanna kiss you, fellow I-5 commuter…
In order to provide a more proper understanding of what I’m discussing, o fellow trafficster, here’s a brief visual of what I experience, from an illustrated, bird’s-eye view, during my routine southbound commute:
Back in my college ball-playin’ days, we called this situation the South Dakota Roadblock. Clearly note the robotic, almost self-soothing precision of each vehicle, spacing itself just enough to avoid horizontal eye contact yet maintain absolutely no room whatsoever for weaving amongst the throes.
This method is painfully effective in reducing road rage among Washington’s happily-caffeinated denziens. For me, however, I’m more accustomed to the following commuter experience:
Please note the use of tiered velocities, regardless of posted speed limits. This system has been tried and true throughout the Midwest, and I hear Los Angeles has had some mighty success with this format as well.