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How to drive safely in heavy rush hour traffic

No matter how hard you try, you can't avoid traffic at certain times of the day. If you're on the road during rush hour, you can expect to find yourself in traffic jams every now and again.

While this is all part of driving, it doesn't mean you should sit back and hope for the best. Instead, focus on implementing a variety of safe driving tips, such as the following:

  • Never become distracted: When traffic slows, you may begin to search for things to pass the time. This can lead you to send a text message, search for food in your purse or talk on the phone. These distractions, among others, take your attention away from the road.
  • Leave more time: If you're in a hurry to get somewhere and know that you'll face rush hour traffic, leave more time in your schedule. When you're in a rush, you're more likely to make poor decisions.
  • Don't jump lanes: It's easy to believe that the other lane is always moving faster, but don't become one of those people who jump from lane to lane just to save a couple minutes. Once you know where you should be, stay there until it's time to exit or make a turn.
  • Leave more space: There's no good reason to drive too closely to the vehicle in front of yours. Many people do this as a means of keeping others from getting in front of them. While it may be effective to a certain degree, it also increases stress and the risk of an accident.
  • Avoid aggressive driving behavior: This includes things such as cutting off other drivers, yelling at someone who makes a mistake and passing cars on the shoulder of the road. Defensive driving is always better than aggressive driving.

Even if you have experience driving in rush hour traffic, you could still find yourself in a challenging situation.

If another driver causes a crash, such as someone who was texting, move to the shoulder of the road and call 911. An ambulance will arrive to transport you to a local hospital. Just the same, the responding officer will file a police report.

Once you receive treatment, review the details of the accident to determine how to best move forward. In addition to filing an insurance claim, search for ways to hold the negligent driver responsible for causing the accident that led to your injuries and other damage.

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