4 worst traffic jams in history

Getting stuck in a traffic jam after a tiring day at work can be a very frustrating experience. This is a list of some legendary traffic jams recorded in history where vehicles have been lined up for hundreds of kilometers and people had to spend several days and in some cases weeks to get out of the mess.


San Paulo, Brazil, June 2009

The traffic in Brazil’s financial capital can be quite intimidating on any day. According to Time magazine an average citizen spends 4 hours per day stuck in traffic. This south american metropolis set an all time record of 183 miles of traffic jam on over 522 miles of road on june 10, 2009.

On an other instance strike by workers for Sao Paulo's subway and commuter train system pushed the city into another round of chaos in may 2012 where around 155 miles of roads were backed up.


China National Highway 110 traffic jam


The China National Highway 110 Traffic Jam was a recurring massive traffic jam that began to form on August 14, 2010, mostly on China National Highway 110 (G110) and Beijing–Tibet expressway (G6), in Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The traffic jam slowed down thousands of vehicles for more than 100 kilometres (60 mi) and lasted for more than ten days. Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days. It is considered to be one of the longest traffic jams by some media.


Moscow- November 2012

Three feet of snow caused the massive 125-mile traffic jam on Highway M-10, in russia. On the highway between St. Petersburg and Moscow, which are the most populated cities in the country, the traffic jam stretched 125 miles and lasted for three days. It took the average truck at least 13.5 hours to get through the jam.


Chicago, February 2011

A blizzard hit US midwest in winter 2011 which resulted in over 20 inches of snow on Chicago. The drivers stuck in cold abandoned their cars for their safety, this is particularly true for Lake Shore  drive which looked like an abandoned car graveyard. The city had to take responsibility of transporting the cars left to empty lots for the drivers to reclaim.