Errands, Coffee Cause Traffic Jams

But many people can't avoid commuting in a car, despite rising fuel costs. And you know those drivers who always zip in front of the other cars at a merge, trying desperately to get a few car-lengths ahead?

Vanderbilt said it's actually a good idea, and it makes the commute go faster for everyone. Sometimes people are just too polite behind the wheel, and the pushy folks do their part to speed things up.

"In Minnesota, where they have a phrase, 'Minnesota nice,' because, you know, people in Minnesota are very polite," he said, "And they tried to do what they call 'dynamic late merging' demonstration, and some people just couldn't get it. They refused to shift to this new system."

So maybe that's the secret. Be a little less polite. And in New York City traffic, that may not be too hard.

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