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It's something that we've all probably been stuck in at one point or another and it is something that we most likely want to forget - the all hated traffic jam.
To make things worse, there are even traffic jams with no discernable cause!
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/12/1201_traffic_art.jpg caption ="An example of the traffic chaos in Lahore, Pakistan."]
Many drivers may be surprised to hear that the phenomenon has a name - a jamiton - and researchers say they're becoming more common.
Benjamin Seibold is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been studying “jamitons” to find out why these types of traffic jams happen out of the blue.
According to Seibold, “jamitons” only happen when traffic density reaches a certain level on roads and a small instability, such as one person tapping the brakes, causes an echo effect.
This in turn causes a back up of traffic and a nightmare for motorists.
We want to know what you think.
Have you ever been part of a "phantom traffic jam" or a "jamiton"?
What are some of the worst experiences you have had when it comes to traffic? Do you think any one city tops as the world's worst for traffic jams? London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo?
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