Nobody likes driving in traffic, especially when you have somewhere important that you have to be. On top of being frustrating, road congestion often is a contributing factor to many car accidents. To ensure your safety and that of others on the road, it’s important to know how to handle driving on busy roads and ease your stress levels when doing so.
Below, we discuss some essential ways that you can stay safe while driving in stop-and-go traffic. Whether you are a seasoned driver or not, it’s a good idea to review this information.
Be Aware and Alert
In heavy traffic, there are more cars in close proximity to one another and more opportunities for cars to collide. It’s imperative that you eliminate driving distractions and keep your eyes moving so you can spot any potential dangers on the road. Put your cell phone away and avoid other distractions that may hinder your ability to pay attention to the road ahead.
Pay Attention to Brake Lights
Rear-end collisions are a frequent occurrence in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Remember, it only takes a few seconds for you to take your eyes off of the road and roll right into the car in front of you. Keep your eyes on the brake lights of the car in front of you and the traffic ahead of you. This way, you have adequate time to stop should you need to brake suddening.
Merge and Change Lanes Carefully
One of the biggest dangers on congested roads is lack of visibility. With so many cars on the road, it’s easy for one to simply get lost in a blind spot when you are trying to merge or change lanes. Before merging, put on your blinker and ensure that you check all your mirrors and look over your shoulder to ensure there are no vehicles or motorcycle riders in your blind spots.
Share the Road
Sharing the road is everyone’s responsibility and is especially critical during times of heavy traffic. By this, we mean that you should always slow down and allow other cars or motorcycle riders to merge into your lane. It’s not a race and, remember, it’s better to get to your destination safely than not at all.
Keep Your Cool
Lastly, it’s important to remember that driving in heavy traffic requires the utmost patience. Never engage in road rage behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, or cutting off other drivers. If you feel yourself start to get frustrated while driving, take a few deep breaths and turn on some relaxing music. If needed, pull over where it’s safe so you can recoup for a few minutes.
We know from experience that even the most defensive drivers who take all the right steps to stay safe on busy roads can still be injured in accidents caused by other distracted, careless, or negligent drivers. If you are ever in a situation like this, please know that Klein Frank, P.C. is here to put you first and fight for the justice and maximum compensation that you deserve.
Contact our Boulder car accident attorneys at (303) 448-8884 to get started with a free, personalized case review today!