Summer is a synonym for crowded roads, innumerable traffic jams and many car accidents. Although the majority of drivers believe there’s nothing to be done, we found a very interesting article published by The New York Times discussing how drivers can help limit jams and avoid car accidents. The author, Damon Darlin, listed several helpful tips (some are obvious; others aren’t) that we’d like to discuss in today’s post so next time you hit the road, you can do your part to reduce congestions and accidents.
- Never slow down to look at an accident on the side of the highway.
- If you are driving well under the speed limit, don’t drive in the express lane.
- Avoid changing lanes too often. At the same time, try not to drive in a way that causes you to brake so much.
- Pedestrians always have the right of way. (In New York City, it is illegal to turn on a red light).
Other tips include:
- Always check your car before hitting the road to avoid a breakdown that could cause traffic jam or a car accident.
- If your car breaks down, slow down, pull off the road and alert other motorists by turning on the emergency flashers and placing a warning triangle to direct oncoming traffic away from your vehicle.
- Plan ahead: study the best and fastest route to get to your destination.
- Do not use your phone while driving, even if you are stuck in traffic.
- Signal before making any turn, whether onto another roadway, or from a parking lot, another traffic lane, or a parked position. This will let other drivers know what your next move will be.
- Pay attention to what’s happening on the road and stay alert.
- If possible, avoid driving during rush hours.As drivers, it is our responsibility to make the roads a safer place by taking small actions that can limit traffic jams and car accidents. Remember, even though we cannot control what other drivers do behind the wheel, we can definitely make smarter choices when driving our own cars.
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