When you first got that job in the city, you thought commuting would be a hassle, but now you’re used to it. However, some days can still prove to be a challenge as you drive alongside speeding and unpredictable drivers.
City workers are more likely to be victims of accidents as they travel more during busy times. While accidents can’t entirely be prevented, there are precautionary steps drivers could take.
With packed roads and everyone trying to get to their destinations quickly, the room for negligence widens. If you’re in a lane where mergers exit into, you need to be cautious and let them pass or speed up so they can merge behind you. While it seems like merging falls into place, sometimes drivers could be coming at full speed, which could side sweep your vehicle.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of unknowingly tailgating other drivers, but keeping a safe distance behind could save drivers from having to slam their brakes or bumping into another vehicle. According to Washington’s driving laws, tailgating can be grounds for fines. On the other hand, if someone is tailgating you and constantly swerving to the side to see if there’s a vehicle in front of you, it’s best to switch lanes.
Whether long or short, sitting in the car in traffic can get dull quickly. While turning on the radio or listening to an audiobook or podcast help pass the time, they can easily count as distractions. Cognitively taking your mind off the road can be just as dangerous as looking away or taking your hands off the steering wheel.
Commuting is not everyone’s favorite activity, but taking safety precautions could help to avoid unnecessary spending or time off work. Injured drivers need to seek help as accidents still occur due to another person’s negligence on the road. It’s also important for Washington residents to document accidents accurately and to file a personal injury claim within three years.