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You must do these things to drive safely in traffic

Sitting in traffic is a way of life for many people. While you dread the morning and evening rush hour commute, you know that there is no way around this.

Although it's easy to become distracted when sitting in traffic, you don't want to let this happen to you. It's imperative that you pay attention to everything that is going on around you.

Here are some of the top driving safety tips to follow when you're stuck in a traffic jam:

  • Avoid aggressive driving. You may be frustrated and annoyed with your situation, but it's imperative that you keep your cool. No matter how mad you get, it's not going to make the traffic move any faster.
  • Keep a safe distance. In stop and go traffic, it's easy to get into the habit of "riding the bumper" of the car in front of you. Don't do this. You should keep a minimum of three seconds between your vehicle and the one in front of yours.
  • Keep your eyes on the road (and others). You should never take your eyes off the road, such as to read a text message, as this increases the chance of an accident. You need to know what's going on around you at all times.
  • Don't switch lanes too often. There may come a time when you need to change lanes, but don't make this a habit. Pick a lane and stay in it. This will decrease the risk of causing an accident.

It's good that you are willing to do whatever you can to remain safe when driving in traffic. Unfortunately, others may not care to take the same approach.

In the event of an accident, move your car to safety (unless you are too injured to do so) and call for help.

Once you receive treatment, you should learn more about the cause of the accident. If another driver was acting in a negligent manner, you may have the ability to file a lawsuit as to receive compensation.

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