Jens Oliver Meiert

Meiert’s Law of Traffic Congestion

Post from November 22, 2007 (↻ August 24, 2017), filed under .

Meiert’s Law states that on motorways with a ban on passing on either side, driving on a passing lane while there is more than 4.167 times of speed (v in km/h) in meters room on the adjacent outer lane where ahead traffic participants drive at least v – 33.3% means traffic holdup and congestion.

In other words: If you don’t live in a country where passing is allowed on all sides, only use the passing lane when you’re really passing.

(Purely coincidentally and just for your convenience, too. Drive safe.)

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is an author and developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google). He plays with philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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