Nobody likes sitting in traffic. As it turns out, you're to blame.
YouTube educator CGP Grey suggests traffic is result of human reaction time and a lack of coordination between the vehicles on the road.
If every car was to accelerate simultaneously, and break simultaneously, effectively remaining equidistant from vehicle in front of and behind, traffic would be all but eliminated. It’s "simply" a lack of coordination that spawns traffic.
CGP Grey also uses the example a car driving in a steady flow of traffic and then suddenly breaking. The act of breaking suddenly creates a chain reaction that could affect dozens, if not hundreds of other vehicles as they adjust their speed to compensate.
If every car was to use some variant of adaptive cruise control, the problem might lessen. In the (near) future, autonomous vehicles might communicate with each other in real time to minimize or eliminate entirely chain reaction slowdowns. Until that time, the best way to reduce traffic is to pay attention to the road. The less distracted you are in the driver's seat, the more likely you are to react quickly as well as maintain a safe driving distance from the vehicle in front of you at all times.
We encourage you to watch the video embedded in this article to learn more about CGP Grey's simple solution to traffic.