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Reduce Traffic Congestion and keep Auckland moving

We all know that congestion is a big problem in Auckland, but there are loads of things that we can all do to help spread the jam. By changing your travel habits, you could improve your journeys around the city and also help make it better for everyone else. Find out how

See our Spread the jam - shift your thinking video and find out how changing the time of your journey and flexible working can save your precious time.

T2 and T3 lanes spread the jam!

Bus lanes, T2 and T3 lanes are there to help traffic flow better during peak times. The more people who team up with others to use the T2/3 lanes the better it is for everyone – it means everyone gets to their destination faster. Giving buses clear passage along bus lanes and T2/T3 lanes is important, because buses take a large number of private vehicles off the road.

We need to reduce the number of cars on our roads, so don’t be a ‘Nigel no mates’, take a bus, or team up with others and carpool to work. Try the Smart Travel app to find people going your way.

Our original Spread the Jam video explains how ‘mystery jams’ work and gives handy hints on how to help to reduce traffic congestion.

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Reduce congestion

Tired of sitting in traffic jams? Did you realise that you could actually be the cause of the jam? The ripple effect is caused by over braking, which is what happens when you have to hit the brakes suddenly. The driver behind needs to hit the brakes harder and so on, car after car until they come to a stop. Read on, there are ways you can Spread the Jam and help keep the traffic flowing "sweet as". Remember if you're not spreading the jam, you're making the jam.

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Don't cut in

If you're tempted to squeeze into those tight gaps in the traffic, just don't do it. You'll cause the driver behind you to hit the brakes. Then the next driver behind has to really hit the brakes, and so begins the ripple effect. Use your indicators and give other drivers time to let you in.


Don't tailgate

If you drive right up the jacksy of the car in front... when that car ahead slows for any reason you'll have to hit the brakes hard... so will all the others behind, and then 5 cars back the traffic stops completely. You just caused a sticky jam. It's pretty simple, keep your distance from the car in front, then you'll have time to react if things go pear shaped.


Keep your eyes on the road

If you're tempted to check out the latest whatever on your phone, fiddle with your music or check what's going on in the back seat....don't do it. Anything can happen in a split-second, and you could be over braking and causing all sorts of "ripple effect" grief. That's if you don't rear end the driver in front in the first place!


Don't rubberneck

If you see an accident, keep your eyes in front and on the job. You can't keep your distance if you're not watching the road.

Following distance

Keep your following distance

Adjust your following distance to the conditions. If it's raining give a little more. Use the 2 second rule.

Merge ZIp

Merge like a zip

If you're entering into moving traffic, try to match the speed of the traffic flows, indicate, and 'merge like a zip'. If you try to cut in too soon, or wait for traffic to stop and let you in, you're a jam-maker! (not jam-buster).

Ramp Signal

Motorway on-ramp signals - don't run the red

Believe it or not motorway on-ramp signals do make motorways run more freely, although you might not feel this waiting for your turn at the lights! On-ramp signals are inter-connected all along the motorway and phasing of lights is automatically adjusted to help keep the main flow of traffic moving. So, show patience and wait for your green signal to merge into the motorway flow. Ah, it feels good to be moving!