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Safety Tips for Driving to Work During Rush Hour Traffic

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If you live in the city and the times of day you drive coincide with the times of day many others are also on the road, then you're going to be on the road during rush hour.
Automobile accident fatalities are significantly higher during evening rush hour traffic. If you have obligations that cause you to be on the road during rush hour traffic, then you should take some of the advice offered below to help decrease your chance of being involved in an accident.
Don’t get Emotional
One of the best things you can do when it comes to driving during rush hour traffic is to remain calm and level headed. A lot of accidents happen during this time of the day because people are in a rush or they lose their temper. Some things that you can do to help keep yourself calmer include practicing calming breathing exercises and listening to calming music.
Carpool with Coworkers
When you carpool with others also going to your same destination, you can ride in the carpool lane, which can significantly cut down on the amount of time it takes you to get to work.
If you take turns driving, carpooling can cut down on how often you are driving your own car to work. By driving less, you will put less mileage on your car, and therefore, get to go longer before repairs are needed. You will also share on gas expenses which can help your financial bottom line.
If you can find a few people to carpool with who live along your route to work, you can enjoy these benefits to an even higher degree. Plus, there's also the added benefit that carpooling is better for the environment.
Leave Earlier Than Necessary
By leaving about a half an hour earlier each morning, you'll find you won't be late to work should the traffic be worse than normal one day due to an accident or another unforeseen issue.
That extra time you allow yourself can help you keep calm, which in return can reduce your risk of making mistakes that will lead to a ticket or an accident.
Don't Make Unnecessary Lane Changes
Many accidents happen due to someone changing lanes in high-traffic situations. Therefore, you want to do your best to stay in one lane for the majority of your trip.
Idealistically, the only times you should be changing lanes is when it comes to getting on and off the freeway. Otherwise, it's safer to ride things out in the lane you are already in. And remember, always use your blinkers to signal to other cars when you do need to make a lane change.
Check Your Car Each Morning
The last thing you want to do when you leave for work each morning is add something else to your list of things to do.
However, if you check to verify your tires look good and your lights are working each morning, you can decrease your chances of being further held up when you find yourself dealing with a flat or being involved in an accident because your brake lights weren't working.
Check Car Fluids More Often During Hot Weather
You want to check your car’s fluids more often during hotter months. Cars can overheat when they are in stop-and-go traffic, and this habit will come in handy when your car is low on water and coolant.
If you do find yourself involved in an accident, one of the best decisions you can make is to get in contact with an attorney right away. Contact Richard D. Hoffman Law Offices and discuss your accident right away.