Monday, February 17, 2014

Stuck for Conversation?

It happens to everyone. That uneasy silence when you simply run out of things to say, once you've done the weather, work, family and all the usual topics.

Well, fear no more. Here are some amazing motoring titbits that will have you talking for hours.

The longest traffic jam was in France 20 years ago. It stretched 176 km from Paris to Lyon. What caused it? Authorities never found out. It just happened.

Speaking of traffic jams. Enough people around the world sit in frustrating bumper-to-bumper traffic to chew up 26 billion litres of fuel a year. That's a lot money and pollution for going nowhere.

Hate traffic lights? No problem in Monrovia, Liberia. Their traffic lights system broke down in 1990 and they couldn't be bothered fixing it. Traffic is directed by hand waving police and everyone's happy.

Hybrid cars are a headache for emergency services trained to deal with traditional cars. When a hybrid has an accident, there are high voltage power sources to deal with that can have shocking consequences. True.

Last but not least, if you think Australia has some long roads, remember everything is bigger Stateside. Their Pan-American Highway stretches from the state of Alaska all the way down to Chile, a distance of 25,800km!

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