Driving down a major highway during rush hour can be nothing short of a headache. Getting stuck in a traffic jam is stressful, especially if you are running late. Being stressed out can cause you to take risky maneuvers during rush hour that you may not otherwise. The bad news is that there may be nothing you can do to avoid a traffic jam. The good news is that you don’t have to be the cause of one.
1. Don’t Rubberneck
We’ve all seen an accident on the side of the road, and it’s not unusual to pass that unlucky driver that has been pulled over by the police, getting a horrible start to their day with a traffic citation. Resist the urge to slow your vehicle and take in the situation.
When you slow down, so does the traffic behind you. Moreover, not paying attention to the road could lead to a wreck. Stay your course so you can get where you need to be without incident.
2. Keep Right
Are you one of those drivers that has a habit of traveling in the far left lane? This is the express lane and it is meant to be used to pass slow-moving vehicles. It is not intended as a lane of travel. If you are going with the flow of traffic, stay to the right.
3. Stay In Your Lane
Again, if you are moving with the flow of traffic, stay in your lane of travel. Constantly changing lanes causes the cars behind you to have to brake and slow down. This can lead to congestion which could, in turn, lead to a full fledged traffic jam. If you cause a traffic jam, no amount of lane changes will get you where you are going faster.
4. Pull Over If You Breakdown
If you are the one who is involved in an accident, pull to the nearest shoulder. The right shoulder is always the safest for a stationery vehicle, but the left shoulder may be easier to get to. Whatever you do, try not to stay in the lanes of travel. When you get to the side of the road, turn on your hazards so that your vehicle is noticeable to oncoming drivers.
If it’s possible, carpool with other people going to the same location or area. When people carpool, there are fewer cars on the road. Fewer cars on the road means a less likelihood of traffic jams. As a bonus, carpooling is better for the environment.
If you are involved in a car accident in Charlotte, or elsewhere in North Carolina, you may have the legal right to damages for your injuries. When another driver is found to be at fault for the accident, they may be responsible for paying your medical bills and vehicle repair costs. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will help you determine the types of compensation you may be entitled to.