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Traffic jam: How to avoid it

3 min to readDriver safety
We know that traffic congestion is a problem for you. Driving in a traffic jam requires more attention and concentration, while also involving some dangers.

You’ve probably read many texts giving you tips for driving your car during traffic congestion. But have you ever been told what you should never do when driving during a traffic jam?

But before I tell you what not to do, I ask you a question: when you leave the house, do you know if there will be a traffic jam or not?

Surely you already have the answer. The truth is that few things are as predictable as a traffic jam in the great metropolises of the world.

But they are not only predictable. We know the exact times when we will face a traffic jam every day of the week. So why not take preventive measures?

Tips to avoid a jam

Your work schedule will coincide with that of many other people and it will not always be in your hands to modify it. But if you can, make slight variations in your routine, like going to work earlier than normal.

Plan alternative itineraries, making use of routes that, although they may seem longer, will be faster and will help to clear the highways.

Use technology to your advantage. The GPS of your mobile phone, or other applications, can provide you with useful information for your trip, such as your exact location, the forecast of traffic on various routes, the location of the nearest gas stations, the least congested routes, alternative routes, etc.

When you spot the traffic jam in front of you, slow down and before you get into traffic, try to locate an escape route using the means we've talked about. If you join the jam, it will be very difficult to get out of it.

But if you still got into the traffic jam, pay attention to the directions about what not to do when driving in the middle of heavy traffic congestion.

What you should never do when driving during a traffic jam

The first and most obvious thing is not to lose your cool. It may seem like a cliché, but stress and a bad mood will compound the problem.

Other important tips are:

Published at December 21, 2020
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