Time spent in heavy traffic has been shown to have a direct correlation with increased level of stress and elevated blood pressure. On average, rush-hour drivers in large U.S. cities spend 42 hours a year in traffic. Hastings & Hastings believe that these are unfortunate circumstances indeed. The health and well being of hardworking Americans is being assaulted by heavy traffic conditions. In an attempt to address this severe problem, Hastings & Hastings offers advice on driving in heavy traffic.
Commuters caught in heavy traffic should avoid frequent lane changes. Traffic analysis has shown that frequent lane changes save commuters little to know time on average. In fact, lane changes have a negative impact on overall traffic flow. Hastings & Hastings notes that it is best to exhibit patients when individuals are stuck in traffic. The temptation to merge into brief open areas of traffic is alluring, but commuter would do best to resist, not only for themselves, but for the good of drivers up and down the highway.
Hastings & Hastings further cautions rush-hour drivers to avoid accelerating rapidly and breaking suddenly when caught in traffic. It is best to maintain a buffer zone of several feet between cars. This allows each vehicle to move a steady, predictable speed, which will help ease congestion and may lead to improved traffic flow. Hastings & Hastings notes that such habits may also lower that chance that individuals will be involved in a rush-hour accident. By giving other vehicles more space, and by driving in a predictable manner, collisions can be avoided.
Should commuters need to make a lane change, perhaps to merge off of the highway, they should communicate their intentions clearly using their turn signal. Individuals should never make sudden lane changes. The risk of collisions can be mitigated through proper communication.
“We all know how frustrating traffic jams can be. Why don’t we all do our part to try to help traffic flow a little smoother? I would love for Phoenix to be known as one of the most pleasant cities in the world to drive in! It starts with each of us practicing good habits while driving in traffic. I believe in us! Now let’s go out there and affect some positive change,” said David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings.