When the sun comes out and the weather improves, a lot of folks hit the road. Here are a few tips to help you stay alert and safe when driving in heavy traffic:
Slow Down a Bit
Zigzagging along, while trying to find the fastest-moving lane, really won’t save you much time. By slowing down, you can avoid potential collisions with jittery drivers who just don’t have the patience to deal with traffic delays.
Maintain a Buffer Zone Between Vehicles
If you maintain a reasonably sized buffer zone, you’ll have time to react to sudden braking by the cars ahead of you, or any erratic driving you might encounter.
Pay Attention to Your Situational Awareness
By keeping track of your blind spots, and watching changes in the driving patterns of others, as well as road signs indicating detours, construction work or other obstacles in your way, you’ll be building up your situational awareness.
Communicate Your Driving Intentions
You have turn indicators and lights, and it’s a good idea to use them in order to communicate your driving intentions to those around you.
Aggressive driving should be saved for the racetrack .By yelling at other drivers and driving with anger, you’ll only end up damaging your own car or truck, and possibly your body too. Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out…
By stopping and starting your car without jerky motions, you’ll avoid knocking into bumpers, and help traffic flow along at a better pace.
Take an Actual Break
Have cup of coffee, a donut, go for a walk, or just nap in your car for a few minutes. If the desire to slam into other vehicles and choke other drivers is overwhelming, get off the road. Save yourself—and others—a lot of grief.
Once you’ve calmed your nerves down some, you can rejoin the rat race.