Statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that the most dangerous times to drive are between 3pm and 6pm, and 7am and 9am. If you’re driving in the rush hour, don’t become a statistic. Here are some simple ways to avoid road traffic accidents at peak times.
Preventing rush hour car accidents
Take extra care when changing lane
If you’re in a line of traffic, which is moving slowly, take extra care when you are changing lane. Give yourself plenty of time, check your mirrors and your blind spot, and indicate in advance. Avoid leaving decisions until late and making sudden movements.
It can be easy to become distracted and get bored when you are sat in stationary traffic, but the environment changes in a split second when you are driving and you need to focus and be ready to react quickly.
Try to de-stress before you get in the car
If you’re running late, you’ve had a hectic morning and you’re feeling stressed, this will make rush hour traffic all the more frustrating and may contribute to driver rage and car crashes. Try to give yourself plenty of time in the mornings and stay calm; even though traffic jams are very annoying, there is little you can do about them so it is a waste of time and energy getting angry.Open Claim Calculator
Try to adjust your timetable
If you don’t have to drive at peak times, try not to; if your employer offers flexible working hours, try leaving earlier or later, as this will make your commute much easier.
Try to be polite
Yes, it can be really irritating when somebody pulls out on you or changes lane without looking properly, but try to be courteous and polite; getting into an argument with somebody in another vehicle could have disastrous consequences.
It’s understandable that you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible sometimes, but tailgating is never a good idea. If the car in front of you stops suddenly and you do not have enough space to stop or time to react, this will cause an accident on the road. Tailgating can also be very intimidating for other drivers and this can contribute to them making mistakes.
Can I claim road accident compensation?
If you’ve been injured in a road accident, which wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Visit Accident Advice Helpline website to take the simple, 30-second test or call the 24 hour helpline to discuss your car crash claim with a personal injury expert.