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How to drive safely in a traffic jam

Regardless of how many cars are on the road, it can be a challenge to drive safely at all times. Even if you aren't making any mistakes, it's not out of the question that another driver may do something that puts you in harm's way.

Driving safely in a traffic jam can be a challenge, since there are so many vehicles in close proximity. If you find yourself in this position, here are some tips you'll want to follow:

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you
  • Don't jump from lane to lane, but instead stay where you are until you reach your destination
  • Don't become aggressive because you are frustrated with the traffic (this doesn't make things any better)
  • Stay focused on the task at hand
  • Use turn signals when you need to change lanes
  • Use your mirrors to your advantage, as you always want to know what's going on around you
  • Travel at off peak times (when possible)

These are the types of steps you can take to drive more safely in a traffic jam. These tips don't guarantee your safety, but they can definitely help.

If you find yourself part of an accident, ease your vehicle to the side of the road and call for help. Even if you're not feeling any pain, you still want to seek medical attention.

Once you receive treatment, you can learn more about how to make an insurance claim, who was at fault for the accident and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

Source: State Farm, "Driving Tips for Traffic Jams," accessed April 26, 2018

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