Navigating the Road: Your Guide to Driving Safely Through Heavy Traffic
Whether it’s the daily commute or a weekend road trip, encountering heavy traffic is almost inevitable. As part of Safety Rent A Car’s commitment to promoting safe driving practices, we're offering these handy tips to keep you safe on the road.
1. Slow Down In congested traffic, it's critical to slow down and maintain a safe speed. Unexpected obstacles may appear out of nowhere, so keeping alert and moving at a steady pace will keep you and other road users safe.
2. Steer Clear of Weaving Rapidly switching lanes to try to outpace traffic isn't just dangerous – it's ineffective. Maintaining your lane and changing only when necessary will help keep traffic moving smoothly and prevent accidents.
3. Make Use of Indicators Your turn signals are crucial communication tools, especially when the roads are busy. Be courteous to other drivers and let them know your intentions. Remember to activate your signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes or turning.
4. Plan Ahead By factoring in variables such as weather, road construction, local events, and rush hour, you can avoid heavy traffic. Even with careful planning, backups can still occur, so always have an alternate route in mind.
5. Remove Distractions Keep your focus on the road at all times. Whether it's texting, changing radio stations, or even eating, distractions can lead to accidents, especially in heavy traffic. If you must make a call or send a text, ensure you are off the road first.
6. Maintain Safe Distances Allow a three-second gap between your car and the one in front. This will give you ample time to react if the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops. Keep an eye on brake lights and adjust your distance accordingly.
7. Be Proactive Expect the unexpected and always be ready to respond to others' actions on the road. Defensive driving can help prevent accidents before they happen.
8. Stay Cool Road rage can lead to aggressive driving, which endangers everyone on the road. Keep your cool by listening to calming music, an audiobook, or taking deep breaths. Patience goes a long way in ensuring a safe journey.
9. Avoid Rubbernecking If an accident has occurred, focus on the road and the drivers around you rather than turning to look. Rubbernecking can cause further accidents and delays.
10. Take a Break if Necessary If you find yourself feeling stressed or tired, take a break. A quick stretch or a short walk can make a world of difference to your mood and alertness.
At Safety Rent a Car, we believe in empowering our customers with knowledge and best practices to ensure their safety on the road. We offer a wide range of vehicles suitable for various driving conditions and environments. To learn more about our fleet or book a car, contact us at +974 3366 1824 - 4436 5600 or email us at