Summer is the perfect time for a road trip, as kids are out of school and most of the country is warm enough to enjoy some outdoor time. Beaches are a common vacation destination in the summer, as the warm sand and cool water are both at perfect temperatures for maximum enjoyment. National parks are a favorite haunt of many people, as summer and hiking go hand in hand.
Because summer is such an ideal time for vacation, you will often find that traffic is much heavier this time of year, particularly around popular destinations such as theme parks and beaches. Driving in heavy traffic can be a familiar problem for those who live in bigger cities, but for those less used to gridlock it can be a difficult adjustment to suddenly be surrounded by other vehicles.
When driving in heavy traffic, it is important to:
- Drive defensively, being extra aware of your surroundings and anticipating the behavior of other drivers
- Drive slower than usual, staying with the flow of traffic while maintaining a safe distance from the cars in front of and behind you
- Be aware of potential alternate routes that might be less heavily trafficked
Of these, anticipating the behavior of other drivers can be the most difficult, but also the most important for preventing accidents. In slow traffic, aggressive drivers may merge quickly and at odd angles, darting in and out of lanes in an effort to cut a few minutes off their drive time. This behavior is extremely dangerous, but also a common sight in heavy traffic.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, and unsafe behavior by another driver was a factor, please consider reaching out to an experienced attorney. All too often people drive dangerously in high traffic areas, causing many accidents and many more near-misses. Please, hold people accountable for their bad decision making that puts others at risk.