Traffic Congestion. Traffic Safety, and You.
I don’t know anybody who likes being stuck in traffic, myself included. Whether it’s a daily commute to and from work or just running errands on the weekend, being in a traffic jam can lead to frustration, anger, and sometimes, dangerous behavior. Here are some tips to help you stay calm in traffic and help you avoid being in an auto accident.
- Plan ahead: Leave early for your destination. Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If traffic gets heavy, you could still arrive on time.
- Obey the speed limit: Obeying the speed limit ensures proper traffic flow. In many areas, streetlights are timed, so staying at the posted speed limit will help you catch more green lights. Driving within the speed limit also helps you maximize fuel economy. Quick starts and stops results in your car burning fuel more quickly and puts extra wear and tear on your car.
- Look for alternate routes: Before you leave, go online and identify alternate routes that can help you avoid high traffic areas. Knowing alternate routes before you get behind the wheel of your car can help you if you come upon an unexpected delay or an auto accident.
- Be late: Accept the fact that there will be times when you’re going to be late. Better late and alive than being stressed, or worse, in an auto accident.
- Ignore rude drivers: Try to relax and take the ‘higher road’ when someone drives poorly or aggressively. Engaging them with a rude gesture, shouting, or aggressive driving will make the situation escalate and may lead to dangerous consequences. Take a deep breath, relax, and focus on your end goal…getting where you need to go safely.
I hope these tips help you stay calm, cool, and collected the next time you’re on the road.
Robert M. Cohen
Attorney at Law
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