Tips for Staying Safe in Heavy Traffic in and around Atlanta
The Atlanta area is known for its periods of intense traffic. This bustling city is a popular tourist destination and home to nearly 5.5 million people in the metropolitan area. With so many people working and traveling in and around Atlanta, our highways and roadways can become congested, particularly during the early morning and evening hours. As people rush to and from work, traffic can quickly become stop and go, and often accidents occur, further clogging the roadways.
Stop and Go Traffic Can Be Dangerous
Stop and go traffic that commonly occurs in and around Atlanta can be hazardous, leading to a number of accidents each day. Stop and go traffic requires your full attention to the road ahead. If you or a driver around you becomes distracted, an accident can occur in just seconds. Your life and the lives of those around you depend upon your concentration and safe driving while traveling on heavily trafficked roadways.
The following is a look at some safety tips that can keep you safe while traveling in stop and go traffic:
- Slow down: While it may seem like common sense to slow down when traffic is bad, many drivers are in a rush when heading to or from work and become frustrated with a slow down. Drivers can attempt to speed up and weave between lanes, which can lead to serious accidents. Slow down and accept that nothing you can do is going to get you there faster, but you will arrive safely if you travel at a safe speed.
- Observe the three second rule: It is especially important during stop and go traffic that you leave sufficient distance between yourself and the car in front of you. The three second rule can help to ensure you are a far enough way. Rear end accidents will likely occur if you attempt to follow a vehicle too closely. The 3-second rule is a simple way to double-check that you are driving at a safe following distance. Choose a fixed point that is even with the car in front of you. For example, a road sign or a building. If you reach that same fixed point before you can count to three, then you are driving too close to the car in front of you and you need to fall back a bit.
- Put away distractions: Texting, talking on the phone, eating and engaging in other distracting behavior is especially dangerous during stop and go traffic. Taking your eyes off the road for mere seconds can result in a rear end accident if the vehicle in front of you must come to a sudden stop. Pay close attention to your surroundings when in heavy traffic, as you should whenever you are driving.
- Keep your cool: Traffic can be frustrating and often leads to road rage. Learn to stay calm in even the worst of traffic. Put on a relaxing radio station and make a conscious choice to keep your cool so that you safely arrive to your destination.
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