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How can you possibly remain safe in rush-hour traffic?

There is no denying the fact that a rush-hour traffic jam can slow you down, increase your anxiety level and have you second-guessing your choice of employment.

Even so, you realize that this is all part of your day. You may also come to realize that you need to change your ways if you're going to remain safe on the road in the future.

With so many people on the road at the same time, you may begin to wonder how it's possible to remain safe. While you don't have any control over other drivers, here are a few things you can personally do to prevent an accident:

  • Be patient. You want to reach your destination as quickly as possible, but being in a rush will increase the risk of a crash. You can't make traffic move any faster, so you might as well remain patient.
  • Avoid distractions. When traffic is slow moving, you may turn to distractions to pass the time. From your cellphone to the radio, there are distractions all over the place. Unfortunately, if you take your eyes off the road, you could cause a crash.
  • Stay in your lane. Some drivers switch from lane to lane in hopes of beating the traffic. This isn't going to help you save much time, so choose a lane and stay put.

By following these tips, you'll find it easier to remain safe in rush-hour traffic. If another person causes a crash, such as by striking your vehicle from behind, move to safety and call for help.

Source: College America, "Driving Safely: Surviving Rush Hour Traffic," accessed March 23, 2018

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