Expert driving entails the ability to drive well in different road conditions. But the stakes are higher when it comes to driving in traffic. A lot of people get overwhelmed by seeing too many cars around them, thereby losing balance. Despite the pressure that comes with driving in traffic it’s important that you have things under control. And below are 6 safety tips for driving in dense traffic!
1. Say no to distractions
Despite the continuous awareness created about the need to be focused on the road while driving, some drivers are still guilty of getting distracted. In this digital era, everyone is always on their phone.
You must avoid the temptation of checking your phone while in traffic. The road is congested; there are many cars around you. A single second of being absent-minded could get you into a collision.
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2. Activate defensive driving
Defensive driving is a driving technique that puts you at alert to dodge uncoordinated movements of other drivers.
Giving the clustered nature of traffic congestion, there’s the tendency for order cars to come too close to you while trying to find their way. If you aren’t at alert, they’ll hit you before you even realize it.
Pay attention to the traffic lights. Follow the queue as it moves. If you notice a car breaking down in your direction, move to another direction immediately.
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3. Avoid the traffic
If you leave in a city like Lagos, you may not be able to entirely avoid traffic. But you can help yourself by not getting into the heaviest of them.
There are certain hours of the day when most people are on the road: early in the morning when they are heading to work/school and in the evening when they are returning home.
Having taken note of the rush hours, do your best to avoid them as much as possible. That way, you get to save yourself some troubles. Plying the road at hours when there’s little or no traffic gives you the peace of mind you need while driving.
4. Pay attention to traffic ahead of you
Movement in traffic is meant to be slow and coordinated. But sometimes, drivers bump into cars because they didn’t observe the traffic early enough, and this is often caused by being distracted.
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When you see that cars are clustered in front you, start breaking early enough. By the time you get close to them, your car would have attained a slow pace.
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5. Give cars in front of you some space
One of the rules of safe driving in traffic is to not get too close to cars around you especially the ones in front of you. Anything could happen. If the driver stops abruptly, chances of you hitting his/her car from behind are high, if you are too close.
The rule is, give cars in front of you a 2-second gap. If a car stops, adjust your speed accordingly.
6. Exit the freeway if you are uncomfortable
Driving requires emotional strength and intelligence. Although the movements are physical, they are largely controlled by how you feel. If for any reason you aren’t in a good state of mind to drive in the middle of traffic, you should do the right thing by leaving the freeway.
You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, neither are you under any obligation to drive when you don’t feel up to it. Drive out of the road, and park in a safe area. Ensure that you turn on your emergency lights to prevent other cars from bumping into you.
Knowing how to drive in traffic is a survival technique that has to be learned because there’ll always be traffic.