Tips for driving in heavy traffic

Traffic happens – and if you’re caught in a bad traffic situation, then these tips are for you. Here’s how to keep your calm and avoid that accident that’s not your fault.

Keep distance

When moving slowly in traffic, it’s easy to get comfortable and to get close to the other vehicles around. It’s important while driving in heavy traffic, however, to keep your following distance. This will help you have enough time to make a change to your driving should you need to avoid an accident!

Stay focused

It’s important to avoid doing anything you wouldn’t usually do while driving in heavy traffic. This can include getting distracted by your radio or by your phone. Even though traffic may be moving slowly, things can still change very quickly – potentially becoming dangerous.

Avoid weaving in and out of lanes

Weaving in and out of traffic may seem like it saves you a considerable amount of time or will get you ahead of everyone else – but it actually doesn’t! Weaving in and out can also get you into a lot of trouble if you misinterpret how much space you have to change lanes. If you do need to change lanes, be sure to indicate with enough time, letting everyone around you know you’re making a move. 

Keep your eyes on the road

Many times, traffic happens because people are looking at an accident on the other side of the road – it’s natural to want to look at what’s happening. However, it’s safer to keep your eyes directly in front of you and to keep checking your blindspots as you drive past the accident scene.

What happens if you’re unlucky and get into an accident – not my fault

If you’re really unlucky and another driver drives into your car, be sure to give us a call as soon as possible. Being not at fault means that you have the right to drive – we’ll help you. From organising an accident replacement car to filing your insurance claim for you.

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