Rush hour is that time in the day when everyone is either trying to get to work or trying to get home. This can be a stressful time for drivers and pedestrians alike with simply the sheer density of traffic.
Here is the top 5 things to avoid during rush hour.
Avoid getting stressed to prevent a road traffic accident
This is a key tip because if you avoid getting stressed then you will be less likely to get road rage and it will be easier to concentrate on the road ahead and avoid a car collision. Do whatever you need to do, within reason, to stay calm. Plan ahead, leave plenty of time for your journey and perhaps play some music you find calming.
Don’t get too close
When in a queue of traffic in rush hour, make sure there is a good space between you and the car in front. If a car collision does happen behind you, this can lead to a nasty wave of cars being shoved forward. But if there are enough gaps then the driver has time to veer away from the car in front or brake hard.
Avoid major roads if possible
Roads such as motorways or dual carriageways will be the busiest and the most susceptible to car crashes as these are the main routes into cities. If you avoid these roads you may have an easier, road traffic accident free journey.
If you have noisy, critical back seat drivers this can cause stress and aggravate you but it can also mean you will not be wholly focused on the road which is when car crashes happen. Either ask them if they can get a lift with someone else or explain to them why you really don’t appreciate their comments whilst you are driving.
Tailgating the car in front
At any time of the day this is not a good thing to do. It can make the driver in front either very angry and annoyed or nervous and wary. Either way, if you are very close behind the driver in front and they suddenly brake you will not have enough time to brake and a collision is a guarantee. Keep your distance whilst driving and don’t tailgate.
If you do have a car accident that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline about how you could make a claim on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown