Driving Safely: How To Survive Rush Hour Traffic

It’s the first working day of the week and there’s so much to do at work. Meetings, preparing your schedule for the week and so on, at this time most of us are in a rush to make it to the office on time. This results in congested roads leading to period of dense traffic popularly known as Rush Hour. This also happens after close of work and people are going home.

Rush hour is one of the worst times to be on the road. The streets are crowded, lights are slow, and people are anxious to get to work or home. People drive dangerously to get to their destinations quicker. Their antics often end in a frustrating accident.

If there was ever a time to practice safe driving, it would be during rush hour. The following are just a few reminders to help you survive your commute to work or home during rush hour:

Don’t Be In Such A Rush

Leave with enough time to get to your destination, even with rush hour traffic. When you’re late, it’s easy to pull dangerous and illegal maneuvers just to get the advantage of the others on the road. Often this means cutting someone off, tailgating behind a braking car, or speeding up to get in front of a car next to you. The road is dangerous at this time as many people are doing the same thing. People are bound to collide. Avoid the rush to avoid problems.

Stay In Your Lane

How many times have you switched lanes because the other lane seems to be moving faster than yours? Once you arrive in that lane, how many times have you come to a quick stop, only to discover the cars in the lane you just came from moving faster and further down the road then you did?

One of the biggest dangers of driving through rush hour is that drivers like to dart between lanes to beat traffic. The reality of the road is that it’s best to get into the middle lanes and stick with them, avoiding the temptation to get into a faster lane. That lane will stop soon enough and you will get to go again. Your lane will proceed just as fast as the others and you won’t risk an accident from darting between narrow gaps of cars in impatience.

Practice safety during rush hour. Driving at this time of day can be terribly frustrating. Getting into an accident during this time can be even worse so don’t risk it. Remember to not be in a rush, chill out with an education—listen to your radio or turn on your audio book or recorded lecture, stay in your lane to help you survive rush hour.

Hope this helps you to pass through rush hours without incidents. Please drop a comment that will be helpful to others. Drive Safe!

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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