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I myself have observed these same things over many years of driving. My basic conclusion has been that if people could see driving as a team effort, then traffic would be much bearable. If folks let others merge, kept a decent gap in front of them, let people smoothly merge, etc. then driving would be far more tolerable. Instead people see driving as a selfish act. All that matters is what they are doing and where they are trying to go. They won't let you merge, they cut you off, they jump into gaps you've created. Sadly we can't change human nature so traffic will be what it is.