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The first thing that will surprise you in your first visit to Saigon is the amount of motorbikes. It seems that each and everyone of the 10 million people who live in Ho Chi Minh City has its own bike! The traffic can be a nightmare for visitors to Viet Nam for the first time. Believe it or not, there are transport rules but people don't seem really interested in following them. Three or four people on one motor bike is a common sight, particularly with the young and young families The traffic is worst during the rush hour when everyone is attempting to get to work or get home quickly. Some people ride their motorbikes on the pavement rather than waiting in the a traffic jam. The people walking are just as likely to get hit on the pavement as they are crossing the roads at such times. It's crazy. Road users become very impatient, constantly using their horns when there's obviously nowhere to go, even shouting at others to get out of the way. You have to be quite aggressive or you get nowhere. Traffic jams in Vietnam’s biggest city are daily getting worse. They not only hinder the city’s development but also roil the lives of its residents. Outwitting the tie-ups has become an obsession of HCM City’s people whenever they leave their home Facing the fact that city authorities have run out of remedies for ‘traffic jam disease,’ the people of Ho Chi Minh City have no option but to learn how to coexist with this natural calamity The surface of the narrow streets is further narrowed because of construction works, which the local people call ‘blockhouses.’ The more than 250 projects being implemented on hundreds of roads make traffic jams worse. Traffic jams even at night Economic losses caused by traffic jams are estimated at 14.3 trillion dong ($841 million) per year, 5.1 percent of the city’s gross domestic produc Adapting to the unavoidable

Not only is sitting in traffic jams costly in wasted gas and time, it can also kill you. Researchers in Germany have found that people caught in traffic jams have a three times greater chance of suffering a heart attack. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that nearly one out of 12 heart attacks were linked to traffic.

The study followed 690 individuals who survived at least 24 hours after the onset of their heart attack. By studying their activities, the researchers were able to draw a connection between the heart attacks and the exposure to traffic.

They concluded that the time an individual spends in traffic increases the liklihood of a heart attack. This logically infers that spending time in traffic jams will increase your medical costs and gives you yet another financial reason to wake up an hour or two earlier to commute to work rather than in the heart of the morning and ev TRAFFIC JAM AFFECTS SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Traffic jam affects the society in some of the ways below:
• creates mental stress in the motorists
• paves way for wastage of fuel and wear & tear of vehicle parts which ultimately waste the money of the motorists • becomes a cause for rash driving and road accidents involving loss of lives • makes the motorists to inhale lot of vehicular smoke emissions in a short period of time causing many diseases Traffic jam affects the environment in some of the ways below: • efficiency of fuel usage by idle running of vehicle engines in low speed is very low leading to wastage of fuel which ultimately results in over exploitation of fossil fuel reserves • vehicles at low speed emit lot amount of carbon monooxide, unburnt fuel particles, suspended particulate matters and other pollutants into atmosphere causing air pollution more grave • when vehicles start to move slowly, noise pollution is created by blowing horns by the motorists EFFECTS OF WATCHING TOO MUCH TV

Discoveries and invention of devices  are always welcome till we, humans, find a way to abuse its benefits and be adversely affected by it. This...
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