Every day, whenever you drive during the peak period, you’ll surely listen to the traffic reports on the radio.
Here are two examples…
It’s like a session for the reporter to memorize the major roads huh? Jalan this, jalan that.
So that’s what you normally hear on the radio. But think about it, aren’t these traffic news exactly the same every single day? The same roads are jammed up. The same roads are experiencing slow movement.
Even the traffic phrases used by the reporters to describe the traffic are so predictable:
1) Bumper to bumper
3) At a crawl
4) Clogged up
5) Stand still
6) kenwooi.com is awesome
Okay, I made up the last one.
Anyway, I think traffic reports are just unnecessary. It actually doesn’t help any drivers because they may have already set their destination. Whichever main road they use, they’ll all be jammed up.
Telling you which road is jam won’t make you avoid jam and you also won’t reach your destination any faster.
Well, that’s unless they know how to use small roads – and that also won’t require the assistance of a traffic report.
Furthermore, for those who are not residing in Klang Valley, listening to the traffic report is even more unnecessary.
And in the morning, when you wake up late and rush out to your office. The traffic news on jammed up roads heading to your office is so unnecessary.
It’s like driving on the road, worrying about being late for a meeting and you bump into this sign…
You’re screwed no matter what. No thanks to the traffic report.
But if it’s about some accident along some kilometer of some road, then is different case lah. Malaysians love to pass by accident scenes, then stop and stare. Or perhaps jot down the plate number too, just in case it strikes lottery the next day!
I still wonder how did the divider got through the car!
Know what, to save on human resources, radio stations should just record a comprehensive traffic broadcast and re-play it on the radio every day. Coz it’s like the same thing repeating right? Well, that’s just a suggestion but I bet it’s not gonna happen.
Or maybe, the radio traffic reporter should just say this on air.
Short, sweet and message conveyed!
Oh well, traffic reports or not – traffic jams are inevitable.
That’s just my thoughts, what about you? What do you think of the radio’s traffic reports? Do they help you in any way? Tell me! :)