Nobody likes driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but the reality is that it’s nearly impossible to avoid road congestion in Southern California. When more cars are in close proximity to one another during road congestion comes the increased risk of getting into a collision. The good news is that there are some safe driving tips you can implement when driving in traffic jams.
Do Not Tailgate
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions are the most common type of car collision, accounting for 29% of all incidents. Tailgating is one of the leading causes of rear-end accidents, so it’s important that you leave an adequate buffer between your vehicle and the one in front of yours. Reducing your speed also allows you more time to brake should road conditions change unexpectedly.
Staying vigilant and focused behind the wheel. Remember, it only takes a split second for you to take your eyes off of the road, read a text, and collide with the vehicle in front of you. When you are stuck in a traffic jam, it’s crucial that you eliminate all driving distractions so your full attention is on the road —this includes anything that takes your eyes off of the road, hands off of the wheel, and mind off of the task of driving.
Use Your Blinkers
Always use your blinkers when you are changing lanes or merging onto the freeway. This way, other drivers can anticipate your next move and make room for your vehicle. Remember that driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic is not a race, either. Please be sure to share the road and allow other drivers who have their blinkers on to merge into your lane as needed.
Keep Your Cool
It can be frustrating when you are abiding by traffic laws and other drivers are blatantly ignoring them. But you should never let your frustration manifest into aggressive driving or road rage behaviors, such as tailgating, cutting off other drivers, yelling excessive honking, or finger gestures. If you find yourself getting upset at other drivers, keep your cool by turning on the A/C, putting on some relaxing music, and practicing mindful breathing.
Injured in a Crash?
Even if you take all of the steps necessary to keep yourself safe in a traffic jam, unfortunately, you can’t always prevent accidents caused by other negligent or reckless drivers. If you or a loved one is injured in a car crash due to no fault of your own, our lawyers are here pursue the maximum compensation available for your case so you can focus on recovering.