No one likes to get stuck in traffic. Stop-and-go traffic is dangerous, too. If someone isn’t paying attention, it’s easy to end up in a front- or rear-end collision.
There are some things you can do to protect yourself, though. If you prepare for the possibility of slowing or stopped traffic, you’ll be in a better position to stay safe.
1. Prepare for the drive
Start by preparing for the drive. If you use a GPS or look up a map online, look at where traffic is heaviest. Prepare for traffic-related issues by looking at alternative routes and where you can adjust your trip if traffic is too congested.
Prepare your vehicle for the drive ahead of time by getting gasoline and making sure the tires are in good condition, so you don’t accidentally have a blow out or run out of gas due to slow or congested traffic.
2. Keep aware of your surroundings
Next, be aware of your surroundings. When you’re driving, put away distractions like cellphones or other devices. Don’t eat behind the wheel. Focus on the traffic ahead, beside and behind you, so you know if traffic is slowing down or if construction is up ahead. It’s a good idea to slow down, so you have more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. That way, if the driver has to slam on his or her brakes, you have time to stop safely.
3. Get up-to-date on construction
Finally, get up-to-date on construction. Keep an eye out for construction signs and roadwork. Check your GPS for upcoming construction and be prepared to slow down or stop for delayed traffic.
These are a few things you can do to help prevent crashes in heavy traffic. Preparation is the key to safety.