Fly by Traffic This Phenomenon Is Found Essay

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Fly by Traffic

This phenomenon is found everywhere. It exists in every major metropolitan city, and somehow is able to make its way to residential communities, suburban areas, and even to rural locations from time to time, especially when it may be feeding time. There are a number of curative measures that have been employed by various municipalities that include rhetoric designed to 'spare the air', or by legislation regarding certain lane assignments or numbers of passengers allowed in a vehicle to partake in a certain lane on the freeway. Yet and still, the phenomenon of traffic still persists, doggedly stalling people during morning and evening rush hour commutes. Not satisfied with plaguing the working lives of people who must earn their bread every day, traffic can even be found on weekends, on holidays, and may even show up intermittently during non-rush hour time periods on freeways, city streets, and in parking lots.

The ramifications of this tragic occurrence that repeatedly plagues any area with moving vehicles are fairly endemic. How many times have employees had to suffer an antagonizing stare, or received a pink colored paper, for the simple fact that they have consistently been five minutes late getting to their position because of a morning gridlock? Even worse, how many policemen and highway patrolmen have been able to make their monthly, weekly or daily quota due to motorists streaking at the top of their vehicle's speed capacity, simply because they finally got a glance at some open road after miles of patiently waiting behind vehicles? How many citations have been issued because reckless drivers have dared to plunge into the carpool lane without the required number of passengers, simply to keep from going mad while idling behind the wheel and the bumpers of scores of other drivers?

It is quite plain to see that carpool lanes do not work, and simply provide law enforcement agencies with the means of issuing more and more tickets. Even speeding laws are not really designed for safety, but are merely employed to provide another means of slowing motorists down (by being cited) when all they are trying to do is make up for valuable lost time that was spent in daily traffic. Plus, the number of accidents that have been incurred in traffic -- and which in many times cause even lengthier, undue waiting periods in automobiles -- are fairly legendary and are further proof that traffic is one of the leading epidemics not only in the United States, but throughout the world as well. And while such fender benders make insurance companies salivate, fuel the livelihoods of waiting auto mechanics and send business in droves to dealers of both new and used motor vehicles, it is the unwilling participants of such sad events who are repeatedly victimized by the many problems that traffic causes.

Now is the time to act out against this sweeping epidemic, which a number of public entities thrive on. The solution to this situation must be firm and decisive, since all of the lane restrictions and speeding laws have proved to be roundly inefficient. The answer is fairly simple, and readily apparent: conventional cars, trucks and motorcycles are a thing of the past, a relic of the 20th century. With the advance of technology, improvements need to be made to the vital area of transportation. Vehicles must be given wings, they must flap accordingly, and the power to drive roads must be expanded to be able to drive the airways as well.

The logic is fairly simple. One must pause to consider why there is no traffic in areas that are highly populated (some might even say congested) by large groups of people. How much stalling is there in a house of worship on a religious holiday? Who has had to wait for someone to walk in order to pass them in an aisle in a grocery store? How about in a store at a mall? Such things simply do not happen, because there is a maneuverability and control over the human body that far exceeds that of automobiles. The wheel was invented countless years ago, and has done mankind proud for quite some time, until the ugly form of gridlocked traffic reared its head within the past several decades. Improvements must be made to vehicles to give them the capacity to fly, so that they will be able to have a wider area with which to operate.

The true problem with conventional automobiles is that they are only two dimensional, much like the shape of a square. Due to the fact that they can only transport people on two planes, there are bound to be limitations as to who can go where that account for the many minutes, and hours of traffic the average person spends his life in. But were these two planes to give way to a third dimension, that of a vertical capacity to augment the horizontal and forward/reverse motion of vehicles, there would certainly be room for people to maneuver in. Therefore, those who were inclined to take their time idling cruising to their destination could do so, while those whose livelihoods (not to mention wives, girlfriends and jobs) necessitated them to be somewhere in a hurry could do so at the same time.

Has anyone ever witnessed a bird crash? Or better yet, has anyone ever seen one delayed in traffic, patiently waiting for a group of birds to leave a telephone pole or some other destination so that others can occupy that flying space? Such occurrences never happen because of the natural grace of flight that is provided by three dimensions. Even the current examples of airplanes prove this statement. True, they are routed at very specific intervals to certain locations, but aside from a few kamikaze pilots in the past century, not even planes have many crashes -- nor have to wait to fly the friendly skies when they are already in motion.

Skeptics, of course, may say that such a possibility of making automobiles fly through the air with the ease of a bird is distantly remote, if not even impossible. However, none among them may dispute the fact that the technology has been long existent, since the advent of the Wright brothers at the beginning of the 20th century. Human beings can send aircraft into outer space in vessels that contain human passengers. They can fly satellites and other objects to remote corners of the known galaxy, and they regularly make a habit of flying people between continents, countries, and even cities. The technology to make automobiles fly is certainly well within reach of the human capacity to asset, implement, and facilitate.

No, the lone drawback is capitalization. Fortunately, I have considered many different ways in which to financially profit from the invention and the administration of flying automobiles. The sheer ingenuity in this idea is in the pricing itself. Traditional cars have different prices, yet they all can do the same thing. True, some may last longer than others, but each car has the ability to drive much the same speed, in much the same places as any other car. This shall not be the case for flying automobiles. The most basic, fundamental flying car -- the Yugo of this new aircraft -- will only have the capacity to fly to a certain height, say, approximately 10 stories in the air. This will allow drivers to have room to maneuver in three dimensions among and around other vehicles and objects, but since this is the lowest level of car, and the least expensively priced, things may get crowded. There surely will not be any traffic, per se, due to the fact that cars can navigate between and among other vehicles, but the likelihood of an accident…

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