Like many, you find yourself faced with heavy traffic on a daily basis. Both before and after work, you know that you’ll have to navigate crowded and often times dangerous roadways.
While this may be a way of life, you don’t want to assume that you’re always safe. Instead, you must come to realize that heavy traffic can be extremely dangerous.
Here are some of the top tips for driving safely in these conditions:
— Don’t be aggressive towards others. Although you may be worked up about all the traffic, it doesn’t mean you should become angry. Keep your cool and everything will work out in the end.
— Don’t jump from lane to lane. The more times you do this the greater chance there is that you will cause an accident.
— Watch the traffic in front of you. Things have a way of changing quickly in heavy traffic, so you need to keep your eyes open at all times.
Along with the above, here’s one last thing worth noting: This is not a time for you to get caught up in distractions. Even though traffic may be slow, you shouldn’t check your email, adjust your radio settings, or eat a meal.
Even if you know how to drive safely in heavy traffic, there could be others around you who don’t take the same approach. Instead, they’re in a rush and will do whatever it takes to make up time.
If you’re struck by one of these negligent drivers, move your car to safety, examine yourself for injuries, and wait for police to arrive. These are essential steps now that can also help you receive compensation for injuries and damages in the future.
Source: State Farm, “Driving Tips for Traffic Jams,” accessed Nov. 29, 2016