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Driving in rush hour traffic can be nerve-wracking and dangerous

There is little enjoyment in finding yourself amid a rush hour traffic jam. Not only does this slow your progress, but you may also have concerns for your safety and well-being.

Driving in rush hour traffic has a way of raising your anxiety level. Furthermore, rush hour vehicle accidents are common, and that's not something you want to be part of in the future.

If you find yourself driving in rush hour traffic, here are some tips you can follow to relieve your stress and remain safe:

  • Leave more time to reach your destination: This may not matter after work, but it definitely comes into play in the morning. If you're in a rush to reach the office, you're more likely to make a mistake that results in an accident. Leave a few minutes early so you don't have to rush on the road.
  • Change your route: Rather than drive on roads that are known to be full of traffic, find a different route. It may take longer to reach your destination, but it could go a long way in enhancing your safety and reducing your anxiety.
  • Leave more space: Bumper to bumper traffic is stressful, as you're in close proximity to so many vehicles. Do your best to leave additional space between your vehicle and those around you.
  • Stay in your lane: You want to reach your destination as quickly as possible, so you may get the idea of jumping to the lane that's moving the fastest. Not only is this dangerous, but it's not likely to save you much (if any) time. Choose a lane and stay there until it's time to exit.

No one will ever argue that it's fun to drive in rush hour traffic. While this isn't your idea of a good time, it may be something you have to deal with almost every day of the week.

If you're part of a rush hour traffic accident, move to the side of the road and call for help. After you receive treatment, review the police report and consult with your insurance agent on what comes next. This should lead you toward the steps you can take to protect your legal rights and hold the negligent driver responsible.

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