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Driving Safely in Light or Heavy Traffic

13 Jan Blog | Comments


There are days when you get out on the road and the traffic is light and the ride to your destination is “a piece of cake”. Other days when you get out on the road traffic is “bumper to bumper” making the ride to your destination anything but an easy ride. How can light or heavy traffic affect driving safely in light or heavy traffic?

Driving Safely in Heavy Traffic

When you are getting on a highway you will usually have to merge with the oncoming traffic. If the traffic is light it is much easier to merge with oncoming traffic. However, if the traffic is heavy you may have to slow down your speed, instead of increasing it, and wait for someone to allow you to merge. This can sometimes make driving frustrating. The best way to manage your frustration is to take a big breath whenever you feel yourself getting stressed out or anxious.

Heavy traffic can also induce “road rage”. Road rage is when a person gets so frustrated he/she loses control of themselves. He/She may begin to weave in and out of traffic. The person may cut people off or drive too closely to the person in front of them. Angry, frustrated behavior can cause accidents, injuries and/or possibly killing others. When you see someone driving unsafely the best course of action is to give them space. You should allow them to pass you by either slowing down or switching lanes and allow the person to go.

Driving Safely in Light Traffic

The biggest hurdle when driving in light traffic is staying focused on the road. When the traffic is light people tend to get comfortable and comfortable can be dangerous. People turn up the radio, talk more with the passengers in their car, or think they can sneak in 1 text. All of those actions can distract a person and distractions can cause accidents.

The other issue while driving in light traffic can be not paying attention to other vehicles. When a person gets comfortable he/she may forget to pay attention to what is going on around them. If a person gets too relaxed while driving and doesn’t realize another vehicle has gotten close and then decides to change lanes, it could cause an accident.

Driving requires a lot of focus and attention. Driving safely in light or heavy traffic can be tricky. Heavy traffic can be dangerous because there are a lot more vehicles to contend with and can make driving more dangerous. Light traffic sounds like an easier way to travel and in some ways it is, but light traffic can also be dangerous. People driving with light traffic can sometimes get too relaxed behind the wheel. A person doesn’t need to be on “high alert” at all times, but a person does need to be a defensive driver and know what is going on around them at all times.



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