When was the last time you found yourself caught in traffic congestion? If you commute to work in South Florida, you may face congestion on a daily basis. Many people sitting in traffic wonder how it happens, especially when they clear the jam only to discover that there was no accident or breakdown.
Traffic jams can be caused by any number of reasons. People entering and exiting the highway, reckless drivers and even poor driving habits can lead to traffic jams. While there may be nothing you can do, short of changing your route, to avoid a traffic jam, there are several things you can do to avoid causing one.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the vehicles ahead of you. When you stay aware of what the car two or three vehicles in front of you is doing, you have a better chance to act quickly. Instead of laying on the brakes every few seconds, drive slowly enough to avoid hitting the vehicles ahead of you. When you constantly hit the brakes, the vehicles behind you do the same, setting off a chain-like reaction of slow downs.
Just like you shouldn’t hit your brakes frequently, you shouldn’t try to surge ahead every time there’s a small space in traffic. Surge ahead and brake. Surge ahead and brake. The behavior causes the drivers behind you to replicate it and will lead to congestion. Maintain your lane of traffic and drive at a consistent, safe speed.
Passing a police officer is a daily occurrence and really not all that interesting. At times, you may have even passed by some unlucky soul who started their day off with a collision. Avoid the urge to turn your head and watch the aftermath. To do so, you will have to slow down, causing everyone behind you to have to do the same. Worse, you could cause another accident by not paying attention to the road while you’re “rubbernecking.” Stay on your course of travel.
If you have people that live near you or even on your way into the city, why not carpool? It’s not only better for the environment, but it reduces traffic congestion. The fewer vehicles on the road, the less likely that there will be a traffic jam. Even sharing a ride with one other person will take a vehicle off the road.
There are some drivers that simply insist on driving in the express lane despite traveling at or below the speed limit. Don’t be that driver. The right lanes are the travel lanes. The left lanes are to be utilized for passing slower-moving vehicles. If you need to pass another car, do so and then move back over. Vehicles moving slowly in the left lane only serve to add to traffic congestion.
Perhaps the best way to avoid a traffic jam is to avoid the highway altogether. If you can to work a different way, do it. You may be able to stay off the highway and take back roads. If you can’t, consider leaving earlier and avoiding rush hour. You may get to work before you want to, but you can also stop for breakfast or a cup of coffee once you are closer to the job.
When you take public transportation, there is no way you can cause a traffic jam. Not only will you not cause a jam, but you will avoid one caused by others. You may choose to take a bus or a train, whatever is available in your area. As a bonus, letting someone else do the driving will give you extra time to get that last minute work done.
Traffic jams are a pain, to say the least. People stuck in traffic begin to feel antsy, even if they aren’t running late. Instead of getting stuck in traffic, or being the reason that others find themselves in the situation, use the tips above to make your commute an easier one.
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