Driving in traffic today can be dangerous in any case. When a stop light goes out or other unusual situations develop, the risk can become even more important. The following are some tips to help you navigate safely in some unusual traffic situations.
General rules for navigating in traffic
When you get behind the wheel and venture out into traffic, the presence of the mind plays an important role in your safety. Here are four things to keep in mind in traffic:
- Stay awake and focused on your driving. Even if you are completely stuck in a traffic jam, do not let your mind wander. Be aware of your surroundings so that you can react quickly in all situations.
- Try to be patient. Road rage and aggressive driving have caused many tragic accidents. If you find yourself crawling along or at a dead end due to road construction or an accident ahead, listen to good music, think positive thoughts or do whatever it takes to stay cool.
- Use your turn signals. If you need to change lanes or turn left or right, use your turn signals to let other drivers around you know your intentions. Otherwise, they may not respond in time to avoid a crash.
What to do when a stop light goes out
A power failure can put the stop light out of operation, leaving drivers with flashing red lights in all directions. In this situation, treat the stop light as a four-way stop. The rules are simple:
- The first vehicle to arrive at the intersection goes first.
- If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, go to the right first.
- If two vehicles driving in the opposite direction arrive at the same time, they can both continue straight through the intersection at the same time. If one of the drivers turns left, it gives the driver after the driver who is going straight.
- All drivers at the intersection must give in to pedestrians.
Drivers do not always know these rules, so you should not assume that other drivers know the rules. As you approach an intersection with traffic interruptions, make sure other drivers stop completely before continuing.
When the power is turned off, flashing red lights are generated by backup power, which can last for up to eight hours. If the power is not restored within that time, the signals go out completely. The intersection should also be treated as a four-way stop in this situation.
Make sure you have enough car insurance
No matter how often you drive, accidents occur every day, in unusual and normal traffic conditions. It makes sense to protect yourself from liability, bodily injury or damage to your vehicle in the event of a collision. Our friendly agent can help you ensure you have the car insurance you need.