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The right approach to rush hour traffic is a must

Like many, you may find yourself sitting in rush hour traffic one day after the next. Although this is a way of life and something you are used to, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with.

There are things you should and shouldn't be doing when dealing with rush hour traffic. Here are some tips you can follow to improve your safety:

  • Leave yourself plenty of time, as you never want to be in a rush
  • Search for a different route that allows you to keep moving, as opposed to inching forward at a crawl
  • Don't follow other vehicles too closely, as quick stops are the norm in rush hour traffic
  • Know what it means to drive safely, such as avoiding aggressive behavior and distractions
  • Stay in your lane of travel, resisting the urge to jump back and forth in an attempt to make better time

When you do these things, you'll realize that it's easy to avoid trouble in rush hour traffic. There is no guarantee that you will never be part of an accident, but these tips will definitely work in your favor.

If your vehicle is struck by another, move to safety, call 911 and let police handle the situation. Also, don't turn down medical help if you have suffered an injury, as waiting to get treatment may make things worse on you.

Once you know your injuries and are familiar with the damage to your vehicle, it's time to speak with your insurance company and to learn more about your legal rights for receiving compensation.

Source: Bolt Insurance Agency, "Safety Tips for Driving During Rush Hour," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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