Describe a time when you were stuck in a traffic jam.

Describe a time when you were stuck in a traffic jam.

You should Say:

  • When and where it happened
  • How long you were in the traffic jam
  • What you did do while waiting
  • And explain how you felt when you were in that traffic jam.
     I live in a small town and in general, there is not much traffic on the roads.
     The only time we face traffic jams is when there is a religious procession or a political rally.
     And most of the time, these are announced beforehand so I rarely get stuck in traffic jams.
     However, last month I had gone to Jalandhar to buy some clothes for my cousin’s wedding.
     When we went, there was no traffic.
     On the way back, the main road was shut down as there had been a collision between two buses between Phagwara, my hometown, and Jalandhar.
     Big cranes had to be called to remove the buses from the roads and that took time.
     This being the main road slowly led to a huge jam.
     The traffic police tried to get the traffic diverted through the service road.
     But the road was considerably narrower than the main road and because of that, the traffic built up.
     We were stuck in the jam for at least 2 to 3 hours.
     At first, we didn’t think we would have to wait for so long.
     We thought it was just busier than normal and things would clear up soon.
     However, when our car barely moved 100 meters in 15 minutes, my dad went out and enquired about what had happened.
     We couldn’t really back up as there was no space.
     So, we tried to use the time by playing games and listening to music.
     To be honest, we also spent a big part whining about government failure, although we all knew such circumstances are unavoidable.
     I don’t think I could describe what we felt at that time.
     We all just wanted the traffic jam to clear up and reach home as soon as possible.
     But the day ended on a happy note as far I as was concerned.
     Because we reached home late, my mother didn’t get time to cook.
     And we got Pizzas to eat for dinner.

  • Follow-ups
  1. Are traffic jams common in Indian cities?
    Yes, India has a huge population, and traffic jams are not uncommon, especially in big cities like Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, and Kolkata. Moreover, there is also a bad culture of parking cars on the roads in India, which reduces available space for parking and leads to jams.
  2. Why are cities today facing serious traffic issues?
    I think the main reason for the serious traffic issues is increasing urbanisation. More and more people are moving to cities for the better quality of life but this leads to more cars than roads can
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    handle. Moreover, some older cities have narrow roads as they were not designed keeping today’s use of cars in mind. These narrow roads restrict traffic flow and lead to jams.
  3. What can be done to improve traffic conditions in cities?
    First, I think the government should promote the use of public transportation by making it more comfortable and faster. For example, the traffic conditions in Delhi have improved considerably after the launch of the Delhi Metro. Also, the roads need to be widened wherever possible to accommodate more cars.
  4. Can developing public transport help resolve traffic issues in cities?
    I think public transportation can resolve traffic issues if it is fast and comfortable. Delhi had local trains for long time and people did not prefer them because they were slow. However, the construction of the Delhi Metro, which is quite fast and comfortable, made a real dent in traffic.

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