Tips for Driving in Heavy Traffic

As the Easter holiday and school spring break approaches the Baltimore and Washington Metro area will once again be flooded with travelers and heavy traffic.  The increased congestion over the holiday and break may cause frustration levels to escalate on the road.  That’s why it’s important to make smart driving decisions and keep travel frustrations to a minimum.

Plan Ahead

Heavy Freeway Traffic

Do not travel during peak times or rush hour times between the hours of 7:00 & 10:00 am and 4:00 & 7:00 pm during the week.  Or avoid major highways during this time of the day.  Traffic also tends to get progressively worse from Monday to Friday, with less delays over the weekend.

You may also plan to avoid driving through large cities during peak times.  Driving a few miles out of the way may save you time in the long run.

When You’re Stuck In A Jam

To ensure good visibility keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you; typically two car lengths is recommended to stop in a timely manner.  Don’t brake abruptly, rather watch the traffic ahead and be prepared to brake slowly and at a safe distance.

Keep your cool when in traffic and avoid other distractions such as hand held technology, eating, and applying cosmetics.

Don’t weave from lane to lane to try and get a jump on traffic, this only increases frustrations on the road and really gets you nowhere.  Use your blinkers even when traffic is at a stand-still and check your mirrors and blind spots prior to changing lanes or merging into traffic.

Help to keep the roads safe this spring holiday by following these tips.

Before you go make sure you are covered…Roadway Insurance accepts all drivers, regardless of driving history.  We serve customers in Maryland and DC and work to offer more options than other local car insurance companies. We are insurance specialists, offering a variety of products through our network of insurance companies.

Contact us today to discuss your car insurance options.


Roadway Auto Insurance