Beating the Rush: How to Best Navigate a Traffic Jam

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Crash & Burn: Life in the Fastlane, Defensive Driving Online, Driving and Safety Tips, Everyday Driver

 
traffic
 
Driving is an efficient way to get from one place to another, but sometimes traffic takes ahold, and it becomes more frustrating than pleasant. Traffic jams are a fact of life on the road, but that does not mean that we have to always accept them. We put together some of the best ways to avoid or navigate a traffic jam. For more tips, check out our Rush Hour Traffic Cheat Sheet.

avoiding traffic jams

The best way to navigate a traffic jam is obviously to avoid one in the first place, wherever possible. The best way to do this is to:

–Check the roads before you leave. A lot of state departments of transportation have websites that you can check for traffic conditions, or your can use Google Maps on your phone.
–Map out your route before you leave. If you see that there is traffic ahead, map out an alternative before you leave, using back roads.
–Leave plenty of time. Sometimes traffic jams are simply unavoidable, and leaving sufficient time to get to your destination with traffic will help ease your mind.
–Look into other travel options. If public transport is available, or walking is an option, take it.

during traffic jams

Sometimes, however, traffic jams are simply unavoidable. Here are some of the best ways to navigate a traffic jam when you find yourself in one.

–Keep calm and accept your situation. Sitting in traffic can be frustrating, but it’ll be even worse if you let yourself get upset or flustered. Especially as you usually cannot actually do anything about it.
–Look for opportunities for alternate routes. If you use a navigation app, they can sometimes redirect you around the traffic. Or if you know the area, look for other ways around the jam.
–Stay in your lane. It is always tempting to look over and wish you were in the lane next to yours that always seems to be traveling faster. However, traffic will start moving quicker if everyone stays in their lane. Switching constantly might give the illusion of moving faster, but in reality it won’t really help.
–Keep a safe distance from the car in front. Again, it might help you feel like you are making progress to constantly scoot up to the car in front, but congested traffic stops and starts suddenly, making it dangerous to drive too closely.
 
Don’t forget to enter our new giveaway, and win a set of Bose earphones and a car bluetooth kit by liking us on Facebook!
 
Click here to find a course near you
 

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 85207 ratings and reviews.

Sheron United States
Easy and Awesome
Daniel TX, United States
It's very simple signing up.
Kelsey
It’s quick, easy to navigate, and convenient.
Jill TX, United States
Easy to navigate website
Samuel
Easy to use and pay!
Mary
Easy sign up
Breanna TX, United States
Great experience
Sergio
Fast and easy!
Dennis
quick and easy
Israel
Fast and easy
Daniel TX, United States
great Experience
Travis TX, United States
Selected this program because of the great feedback from other users
Erin United States
Fast and easy!
Kermit
Exemplary
Teresa
Very easy to register
Makayla
Fast and easy to get around
Robert
Quick and easy!
Debra
quick and easy
Andrew
Fast and easy
leslee
easy and simple to use
Nehemiah
It was easy to complete
Uriel
Great course, really easy
barker
easy, simple good value, download cert. get er done in one day, then have great customer service
BLANCA
EASY AND QUICK, I LOVE THAT
Lorenza
Registration was easy.
Parker
Great!
Kamal
The whole process has been very fluid and straightforward, I've had no trouble with anything so far.
Nathan
Easy to access and understand
April
Great!
Erik
easy transaction
Hiram United States
Easy to use
Lena TX, United States
Everything was great
Melissa TX, United States
It has been very informative and easy to use. Love how they put facts about Texas roadways up.
Dakota
Easy to use
Jose
Easy to navigate
Catherine
Easy clear instructions
Spring
Fast and easy
Annette
Easy enrollment
David
Very convenient and easy to do
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course