Traffic Jams are becoming a common place situation throughout the country even in less populated areas which never seemed to have this problem in the past. American drivers spend, on average, 42 extra hours in the car every year due to traffic congestion. Below are some driving tips to help you when caught in this situation. . Help keep the roads safe with these driving tips for traffic jams
- Avoid aggressive driving and weaving from lane to lane.
- Keep a safe distance at least three seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will help you avoid frequent braking and rear-end collisions. Another way to calculate this is to keep one car body length between you and the car in front for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling.
- Watch the traffic ahead closely. When cars in front brake, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down gradually before you brake. Be cautious not to brake abruptly.
- Stay focused. Keep your mind on driving by avoiding distractions such as eating, texting, or using your cell phone.
- Use your blinkers (indicators) when changing lanes or merging. Most state laws require activating blinkers at least 100 feet before merging or turning, but some states require at least 200 feet.
- Use your mirrors to monitor the areas around your car. Perform head checks to check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging. Many newer cars have sensors in your side rear view mirrors to alert you when you have a car in your blind spot.
- Use the length of the acceleration lane to merge safely into traffic.
We at USA Insurance Companies hope these tips help you drive more safely when the traffic gets hectic. Please remember if you live in South Mississippi or are anticipating moving to our beautiful area, we at USA Insurance Companies are considered your low coast auto insurance leader. We only sell auto insurance and our trained professional team can always find you the best coverage to fit your needs and budget.
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