Driver User Guides

2017 has begun and it may seem that last year’s congestion never took a holiday! If there’s ever been a year to make a resolution about not getting frustrated by traffic congestion it’s this year.

We want to help.

We can’t magic up extra roads, but we can offer helpful advice about how to drive efficiently in congestion. Driver behaviour contributes to traffic congestion, so by following simple rules such as staying alert or pulling up to the white line, you can help relieve congestion for yourself and other drivers.

These top tips to drive your way out of congestion are in a series of eight short animated videos that illustrate how really simple changes in driver behaviour can help us all get a move on. The series is called We’re All Going Somewhere

We’ll be releasing a video each week over the next eight weeks on our:
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Twitter feed (@TransportChch)


#1 Pull up to the white line

Did you know that stopping short of the white line leads to queues of traffic forming at traffic light intersections? That’s because the sensors that signal the lights to change are buried in the road in front of the white line, so if you stop short you and every driver behind you will be stationary for a long time, as is explained in this ‘Pull up to the white line’ video.



#2 Who Has Priority

Did you know that stopping to let cars join the flow from side streets makes congestion worse at certain times? Fortunately there’s a simple rule so drivers know when to stop and when they need to keep moving, and it’s in this ‘Who has priority’ video.


#3 Stay in your lane

Did you know that cars changing lanes while turning at multi-lane intersections is a major cause of delays and accidents? It may seem unlikely that simply staying within your lane can actually reduce congestion, but that’s the message of this ‘Stay in your lane’ video.


#5 Lane Weaving

Did you know when cars weave back and forth between lanes of traffic it creates congestion behind them? That’s because cars in both lanes are forced to suddenly brake as the weaving car forces its way into the flow, which is explained in this ‘Lane Weaving’ video.