With the holiday season upon us, and lots of people heading to the roads to visit friends and family, traffic can become a nightmare. Here are a few simple tips to keep you alert and safe when riding bumper-to-bumper.
Watch other drivers’ movements
Most drivers will at least look to their left or right (even if they don’t look in their mirrors) if they’re planning on switching lanes. Watching for these movements can help you anticipate those who are going to change lanes in front of you.
Be aware of your surroundings
Scan your surroundings so that you are aware of what is going on around you. Remember to glance periodically to your right and left, not just in front and behind. And don’t just rely on your mirrors – they can’t always tell you what’s in your blind spot.
Be prepared to stop suddenly
Keep your hands and feet near the brakes so you can use them at a moments notice. When the guy in the truck cuts you off, you’ll be glad that you were prepared.
Avoid the right lane
Passing on the right is generally not a good idea, though sometimes unavoidable. Just watch out for drivers who decide to exit via an off ramp at the last minute. That being said, don’t put yourself between an exit ramp and another vehicle.
Have escape routes prepared
Be prepared for uncertain situations. Have an escape route. If you’re riding in the left hand lane, stay a little to the left of the car in front of you so you can veer off if necessary. Remember that swerving onto someone’s front lawn or a shoulder is better than getting rammed into.