Navigating your vehicle in heavy traffic is stressful – and dangerous. To avoid a collision, follow these simple tips for safer driving in heavy traffic.
- Relax. You will eventually reach your destination, and being a few minutes late is better than being involved in a collision!
- Drive defensively. Other drivers may drive aggressively and weave in and out of traffic to try to save a few minutes. Keep an eye on the surrounding vehicles and drop back if another person is driving aggressively.
- Avoid distractions. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. In a new year, more than 2,800 people died and an estimated 900,000 were injured in accidents involving driver distraction, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ). Avoid using mobile phones while driving. Mobile phone calls and text messages are among the main causes of distracted driving accidents.
- Use your signals. If you change lanes, signal. Other drivers may not be signaling and suddenly change lanes, so make sure you check the axle before entering another lane.
- Use your mirrors. Stay awake and see the surrounding traffic behind and next to you. If another driver is behind, move into another lane as fast as you can safely.
- Brake gently. If traffic slows down, use the brakes carefully if another driver is near your car. Touch your brakes to activate the brake lights and slowly to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Pay attention when merging. When joining a moving traffic lane, look for drivers who may be trying to close the gap before entering the lane.
- Plan your device. Before driving, check a running mobile app for congested areas and select an alternative route whenever possible.
- Avoid driving tired. If you lack sleep, you run a higher risk of having an accident. Do your best to get enough sleep before you drive.
- Drag to make calls. Rather than making a cell phone call while driving, drag to make a call.
- Plan ahead for added time. If you know you will get stuck in heavy traffic, leave early enough to get to your destination on time.
- Report aggressive driving. If you see a driver threatening others, call the police.
Unsafe driving facts
The National Security Council has identified the six most unsafe driving behaviors to avoid:
- Right of infringement
- Incorrect turn
- Incorrect passage
- Follows too close  Driving left from the center
When an accident happens
If you are involved in a minor fender bending accident during heavy traffic, move your vehicle to the side. Never leave the car when stopping in heavy traffic. If you, a passenger or another driver are injured, call 911 and administer first aid.
Your car insurance becomes an important issue after an accident. Although we all hope to avoid collisions, even if you follow the rules of the road for a lifetime of driving, you are likely to be involved in an accident. Talk to one of our friendly agents to discuss your car insurance. If you live in a region with a high proportion of uninsured drivers, make sure you have enough uninsured motorist coverage. Your car insurance may be lower in price when it comes with your other insurances. We are happy to find the best for your budget.