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What’s your approach to rush hour traffic?

The way you approach rush hour traffic can be the difference between safely reaching your destination and running into trouble along the way. Since you never want to be part of a car crash, it's best to focus on your safety every time you get behind the wheel.

There are many things that make rush hour driving dangerous, including the fact that there are more vehicles on the road.

Although you can't do anything to control how many people are on the road, there are steps you can take to boost your overall level of safety.

  • Leave early for your destination. Imagine this: You know you have to arrive at work on time to attend a big meeting. If you leave your house late, you're more likely to rush when you find yourself in traffic. Conversely, if you leave a few minutes early, you won't have nearly as much stress if you come to a halt on the highway.
  • Search for a better route. Don't assume that the route you've been taking is the one that's best. For example, you may find a longer route that allows you to reach your destination quicker, thanks to less traffic.
  • Leave more space. When driving in rush hour traffic you can expect to stop and go, time and time again. By leaving more space between vehicles, you have more time to stop abruptly.
  • Don't drive distracted. Rush hour traffic sounds like a great time to send a text or zone out and listen to music. However, just because traffic is moving slowly doesn't mean you can let distractions creep into your vehicle.
  • Pick a lane. Are you the type of person who jumps from lane to lane, searching for the one that is moving the fastest? This seems to save you time, but all it really does is increase the chance of a crash.

The right driving style during rush hour traffic can help you avoid an accident.

If you are part of a crash with another vehicle, move to safety and check yourself for injuries. Once you do this, call 911 and wait for help to arrive.

Should you find that the other driver was at fault, learn more about the steps you can take to hold them responsible for their negligence.

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