For many people, driving in rush-hour traffic is a big part of their lives. It's not something you want to do, but you may face this situation two or more times a day.
If you have safety concerns, here are some tips to follow:
- Don't rush: It's difficult enough to stay safe in rush-hour traffic, so you don't want to complicate your situation by rushing. This can lead to speeding and taking risks that put your safety in jeopardy.
- Choose a different route: Even if it takes longer, a different route may allow you to avoid congestion and the risks associated with it. Experiment with several routes to and from your destination.
- Stay in your lane: Every time you switch lanes, you run the risk of causing an accident. While other drivers may jump around with hopes of saving a few minutes, you should choose your lane and stay there until it's time to make your next move.
- Follow with caution: Even in slow-moving traffic, you don't want to follow the vehicle in front of yours too closely. The more room you leave, the more time you have to stop.
As you follow these safety tips, don't be surprised if you see other drivers breaking the law and putting you at risk.
If you're injured in a rush-hour traffic accident, pull to safety and examine your body for injuries. It never hurts to call 911, as immediate treatment for your injuries is a must.
Once you're able to do so, file an insurance claim and learn more about your legal rights to obtain compensation.