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, weaving in and out of traffic to try to save a few minutes. Keep your eyes on the surrounding vehicles and drop back if another individual is driving aggressively.
Keep a Distance. Follow the three-second rule and maintain a space between your vehicle and the one ahead. This offers you a safe stopping distance, as well as the ability to change lanes when needed.
Avoid Distractions. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of vehicle accidents. Avoid any cell phone use while driving. Cell phone conversations and texting are among the primary causes of distracted driving accidents.
Use Your Signals. If you are changing lanes, signal. Other drivers may not signal and suddenly change lanes, so ensure you shoulder check before moving into another lane.
Use your Mirrors. Stay alert and watch the surrounding traffic behind and beside you. If another driver is tailgating, move into another lane as soon as you can safely.
Brake Carefully. If traffic slows, use your brakes carefully if another driver is close behind your vehicle. Touch your brakes to activate your brake lights, and then slow to help avoid a rear-end collision.
Pay Attention when Merging. When merging into a moving line of traffic, watch for drivers who may try to close the gap before you enter the lane.
Plan Your Drive. Before you drive, check a driving mobile app for congested areas, and choose an alternate route when possible.
Avoid Driving Tired. If you lack sleep, you are at a higher risk of being in an accident. Do your best to get enough sleep before driving.
Plan Ahead for Added Time. If you know you will be stuck in heavy traffic, leave early enough to make it to your destination on time.
Report Aggressive Driving. If you see a driver that is endangering others, call the police.
No matter how safe a driver you are or how much you plan ahead, accidents may still happen! Be sure you are fully insured, call us today to review your auto insurance needs.