Tips for driving in heavy traffic on Interstate 10

Everyone in this area knows that I-10 can turn into a nightmare when it's busy, especially around Essen Lane and the never-ending construction zone closer to the I-12 split. Unfortunately, some drivers don't take the possibility of slow flowing traffic or traffic jams into account when they leave home. These drivers might drive aggressively and even recklessly to get where they are going.

There are many ways that you can do your part to stay safe when driving in heavy traffic. One of the primary things you can do is to make sure you are driving in a relaxed manner. Road rage and aggression when you drive can lead you to take chances that could cause an accident. If you are in heavy traffic, remember these tips:

Pick a lane

It might be tempting to try to move over to a lane that is moving a little faster than the one you are in. Swerving in and out of lanes can be dangerous when there is a traffic jam or slow moving traffic. Instead, remember that there are very few times, such as when an accident is blocking a lane, that you will have to change lanes. Sticking to your lane can help the flow of traffic so that everyone can get to where they need to go.

Focus on your driving

Just because you are moving slowly doesn't mean that you need to focus on things other than your driving. In fact, it can be just as dangerous to drive while distracted when you are in a traffic jam as it is when you are driving at regular speeds. The close proximity to other vehicles can mean you will strike one or one will strike you quickly.

Avoid tailgating

You can't tailgate even though you are in slow or stalled traffic. Leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you so that you can stop if you need to. You might be tempted to get as close as you can to the vehicle in front of you so that you can block other drivers from cutting in. Don't give in to this temptation because it might lead to your rear ending the vehicle in front of you.

Remain courteous

Traffic jams and slow moving traffic are hard on everyone. Make sure that you are remaining courteous. For example, if you know that another lane has a hazard and drivers need to get into your lane, allow someone to go in front of you. One or two cars won't make much of a difference with how fast you make it to your destination.

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