Driving on quiet roads can be a real pleasure. However, few of us would argue that driving in rush hour is an altogether different experience!
When the roads are busy and clogged with traffic, road rage can easily begin. This in itself can result in accidents taking place, as everyone is in a hurry and wants to get to their destination. Thus, keeping calm and not fighting for a space is crucial in helping you stay safe on the road.
Be alert to what is happening around you
Regardless of how many lanes of traffic there may be, it pays to stay alert and to keep an eye on what is going on. When more than one lane is involved, people may want to change lanes frequently in an attempt to get ahead more quickly. Try and avoid doing this if you can – unless you have to change lanes for some reason, such as to leave a motorway.
Always keep a little room ahead of you as well, and drive at a steady speed. There is no need to accelerate quickly to move ahead, only to come to an abrupt halt seconds later when the traffic stops again. It is far better to move smoothly – and it can reduce the odds of having an accident as well.
Can you avoid driving in rush hour?
Most people would probably avoid it if they could. However, could you actually do it? If so, it might be better to travel slightly earlier or later to avoid the bulk of the traffic. Your journey would probably be quicker too. If you cannot avoid it, try and think of ways to pass the time in your car more pleasantly. For instance, put the radio on, listen to a speaking book or do some stretches (when you are stationary, of course).
Accidents can and do happen in rush hour traffic. While some of them happen at a low speed, they can still cause injuries to occur. You don’t always have to be travelling very fast to be injured in a car. Accident Advice Helpline has helped a variety of individuals make successful claims for compensation following injuries they suffered in accidents caused by other people. Call now on 0800 689 0500 free of charge to see if you could claim using a no win, no fee* claims process too.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead