The metro-Atlanta and Marietta areas are well known high-traffic areas.
If you combine the more than 5 million people occupying the metro area
with the millions more traveling through the city or visiting, it’s
not surprising that traffic jams are common here. Statistics show that
one out of every four auto accidents occur during rush hour traffic, which
is concerning because Atlanta sees rush hour traffic daily.
Auto accidents can happen very easily in heavy traffic situations, even
when traveling at low speeds. Traffic jams typically involve stop and
go movements, requiring heightened concentration from drivers. Even the
smallest distraction for only a second can lead to a crash when other
vehicles are so close to yours.
Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you’re stuck in
congested Atlanta traffic:
It is important to maintain a low speed of travel when in congested areas,
as you may need to stop quickly and unexpectedly.
Maintain your lane.
Weaving in and out of lanes to attempt to reach your destination sooner
is not only dangerous, but pointless. No amount of lane changes is going
to get you there any quicker and will only create hazardous situations
for everyone around you. If you must change lanes to maintain a specific
route, do so well in advance of your exit.
Distracted driving is dangerous regardless of the amount of traffic around
you. But especially in rush hour traffic, glancing at the radio or your
cell phone for even a second can lead to a crash. Vehicles are much more
condensed, so it only takes a second of inattention for one vehicle to
Leave space between your vehicle and others.
Stop and go traffic can be annoying, but remember to always leave plenty
of distance between your car and those in front of you. One way of checking
your distance is to use the 3-second rule – choose a fixed object
even with the vehicle ahead of you and make sure you aren’t reaching
it before counting to three. For instance, if you reach a traffic sign
that was even with the vehicle in front of you after only 2 seconds, you
are too close.
Keep your cool.
Other drivers can be frustrating during rush hour, but it’s important
to remain calm and avoid aggressive driving. Becoming aggravated will
not help the situation in any way and aggressive driving is said to cause
4% of fatal auto accidents – so avoid those actions at all costs.
The attorneys and staff members have been locals to the metro and Marietta
areas for decades, so we’ve experienced our share of Atlanta traffic.
We know how tempting it can be to glance at your phone or lose your temper
at another driver – but in the end it simply isn’t worth the
risk to yourself or those around you. For more information on safe driving
in heavy traffic areas, or if you’ve been injured in an auto accident
during rush hour, call us today at 770-427-5498.