Nobody enjoys driving in heavy traffic. It is a tedious yet all-too-common part of many people’s commutes. Some drivers attempt to save time by weaving through vehicles; others use cell phones to quell their boredom. As a result, accidents are far more likely in heavy traffic.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to minimize the risk of crashing in rush hour. These include:
- Reducing your speed;
- Monitoring the vehicle behind you;
- Staying in your lane;
- Maintaining a safe following distance;
- And staying clam.
If the worst happens and a negligent driver crashes into you, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette accident lawyer can evaluate your wreck, talk to witnesses and determine if you may have grounds for a claim.
Here are five tips for driving safely in heavy traffic:
- Reduce Your Speed
Slow down as soon as you notice a traffic jam ahead. Do not accelerate and slam on the brakes at the last second; this could cause a rear-end crash with the vehicle behind you.
- Monitor the Vehicle behind You
Check your mirrors before reducing your speed. If possible, avoid braking harshly, and make sure the car behind you is aware that you are slowing down. If necessary, activate your hazard lights to communicate with the driver.
- Stay in Your Lane
According to ABC News, even if it appears that the lane next to you is moving faster, you should stay in your lane. In fact, it is likely that the lane is not actually moving faster. The only way to gauge the speed of traffic is to watch it from a stationary position alongside the road.
Lane changing in traffic can cause a serious accident. Motorcyclists may be lane-splitting between cars, and it can be difficult to notice a vehicle in your blind spot.
- Maintain a Safe Following Distance
It is important to maintain a safe following distance of at least three seconds at all times. According to Smart Motorist, you should double this following distance in heavy traffic and inclement weather. This will give you enough time to slow down or take evasive action if necessary.
- Stay Calm
It is normal for tempers to flare in heavy traffic. Drivers may be behind schedule for work or late for important events. However, you should not let your anger transition into road rage. It is never wise to shout insults to another motorist because you do not know how he or she will react. Instead, take a deep breath and stay calm.
Unfortunately, not all drivers follow these tips, and other road users suffer the consequences. If you were injured by a negligent motorist, contact a Lafayette accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC.
You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages related to the crash. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.