These Are Your Most Harrowing Tales of Nightmare Traffic Jams

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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

A bad traffic jam is one of the most aggravating things a driver can experience. Sitting there, waiting to move an inch, while the line of cars in front of us extends out as far as the eye can see—it’s absolute hell.


A couple weeks ago, I asked you guys about the worst traffic jams that you’ve ever been stuck in. And since it was just Labor Day Weekend, I’m sure more than one of you got delayed somewhere. This is the weekend that usually yields some of the most gruesome traffic jams out of the entire American calendar. AAA estimated that some 35 million people traveled at least 50 miles this holiday, according to the Washington Post.

Weirdly, in the 300 or so miles we drove back down into New York City, we hit very little traffic. It was spooky. In fact, the traffic outside of the Whole Foods in my town the day before Thanksgiving was worse.

But this isn’t a post about me, it’s about you. I’m actually amazed at the perseverance and kindness some of you displayed during these extremely frustrating times. Plus, I’m sure that some of you will read these stories and realize that you were stuck in the same jam. Small world!

Karma (Peter J. Ford)

Good on you!


Bachelor Party (mikemc127)

Twelve hours!


Colombia (FiST + Bike combo)

Don’t scratch the car!


Eeriness (Derek Davis)

Just get a hotel.


Rita (houstonsurvivor)

I got a lot of Hurricane Rita stories.


Damn Hurricanes (Broken-Aero)

Any hurricane is bad for traffic, really.


Hawaii (Mr. Biggs)

At least the view and the weather was nice...?


Snow (Jimmy Jingles)

You came prepared!


Canadian Here (Dr. Aitch)

Don’t go to popular events.


Amber Alert (Ty Rodend)

He SWORE it WASN’T him, huh?


Meeting Up (Corcovado)

Gotta love the Bay Area.

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Kristen Lee

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.