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How to Safely Adjust to Different Traffic Speeds

Posted on 08/16/2013 by AKilgore   |  0 Comments

How to Safely Adjust to Different Traffic Speeds

Let’s face it—traffic congestion is frustrating. Stop. Go. Fast. Slow. But aside from the frustration and stress it may cause, heavy traffic is also dangerous and requires more attention and concentration. To help you safely adjust to different traffic speeds, here are a few tips from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety:

Keep pace with traffic—if you’re traveling faster than the flow of traffic, you’re going to have to keep passing other vehicles. And each time your pass someone, the risk for an accident increases. Going much slower than the other vehicles? That’s just as dangerous as speeding because vehicles bunch up behind you and cause other traffic to pass you. To ensure everyone’s safety, you can pull over when it’s safe to do so and let the other vehicles pass, keep up with the flow of traffic or consider using a road with slower speeds.

Entering into traffic—if you have to merge into traffic, try to enter at the same speed that traffic is moving. It’s important that you don’t stop at the end of the ramp because not only will you not have enough room to get up to the speed of traffic, the drivers behind you will not expect you to stop and may rear end you. If you have to wait for a space to enter a roadway, simply slow down on the ramp so that you have enough room to speed up before you merge.

Leaving traffic—keep up with speed of traffic as long as you’re on the main road. If the road you’re traveling on has exit ramps, don’t slow down until you move onto the exit ramp.

Slow-moving traffic—some vehicles like large trucks, small under-powered cars, farm tractors, etc. can’t travel fast or have trouble keeping up with the speed of traffic. It’s important to be on the lookout for these vehicles so that you have time to change lanes or slow down safely.

Trouble spots—when traffic tends to gather, the room you have to maneuver is limited. During traffic congestion, it’s important to lower your speed so that you have room to react.

Click here for more tips about safely adjusting to different traffic speeds.


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