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When you next find yourself gnawing on your steering wheel as the vehicles ahead of you concertina into a wall of metal, spare a thought for the drivers currently stuck in one of the longest traffic jams in history.
Thousands of drivers on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway just outside the Chinese capital have been snared by roadworks ever since 14 August – and the disruption is expected to last a further month. The tailbacks now stretch for a mind-boggling 100km and 400 police officers have been assigned to the area to quell rising tensions, with impromptu vendors said to be charging exorbitant prices for tea and noodles. Meanwhile, drivers resigned to their fate are reported to be passing the time with games of chess or cards. Some have requested concerts be performed on roadside verges.
Road-weary residents of Sao Paolo are similarly resourceful in dealing with their regular mega-jams, which are said to be the worst in the world. Men shave, women apply makeup, couples canoodle and the thirsty simply lock their car doors and head to the nearest cafe.
The AA says such jams are mercifully rare in the UK, with a channel port disruption being its “very worst nightmare”. But we are prone to the odd “perfect storm”, says a spokesman. One such incident, now dubbed “the Prat” by the motoring organisation (after the individual who caused the “totally avoidable” snarl-up), occurred in 2006 when a lorry driver hit a ventilation fan in the Dartford tunnel on the M25, causing the east tunnel to close for nine hours.
A more recent example hit the M11 in January, when a snowstorm trapped drivers for more than 20 hours. “The biggest lesson from this incident was for people to remain in their cars and check traffic reports,” says the AA spokesman. “It was people abandoning their cars that aggravated the situation. We issue the standard advice: always carry water and food with you, and make sure your mobile is topped up.”
Keeping calm and relaxed when caught in a jam is a skill few have ever mastered, but the hypnotist Paul McKenna recommends an exercise called the “calm anchor”. “Remember a time when you felt really, really calm – at peace and in control,” he writes in Control Stress. “Return to it now, seeing what you saw, hearing what you heard and feeling how good you felt.” Or if all else fails, just do as a cab driver would: tune into Magic FM.