Three things to do when trapped in a traffic jam:

1. Stop changing lanes.

Unless your lane is completely closed, switching to another one does not help. All of them move at the same rate, and lane jumpers slow progress further.

2. Locate your classical music station or carry a CD.

Play the music softly in the background–Brahms and Mendelssohn are particularly good gridlock busters.

3. Take off your watch.

Don’t look at the clock. It just makes you crazy and you won’t get there any faster by staring at the time–just frazzled, with high blood pressure.