Traffic congestion is a major problem in Southern California. With hundreds of thousands of people sharing the roads on interstates, freeways, and city streets during their morning and afternoon commutes, the risk of accidents increases during these periods. Motorists should remain alert during their daily commutes and take care to avoid accidents.
Increased risks during daily commutes
Driving during peak hours, including between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., places people at greater risks of accident involvement. This is especially true when people must drive on the freeways for a portion of their commutes. When thousands of cars are on the roads trying to change lanes to reach exits or the carpool lanes, other motorists must remain alert at all times to avoid collisions. A single driver’s mistake on a crowded freeway can lead to a multi-vehicle collision and pileup. During these hours, drivers are also likelier to be drowsy or fatigued, and increased congestion can also lead to aggressive driving.
Minimizing risks of accidents during daily commutes
To reduce the risk of accidents, motorists should make sure to get plenty of sleep each night. They should also follow the flow of traffic and the posted speed limits and avoid driving too closely to the vehicles in front of them. Drivers should never text while driving and should keep their attention on the traffic around them so that they can react to any impending dangers.
Motor vehicle accidents are frequently unexpected and can upend the lives of people who are involved in them. Many accidents also result in serious injuries or deaths as a result of the negligent behaviors of others. By following the traffic laws and remaining alert, drivers might reduce their chances of being injured in accidents during their daily commutes and at other times of the day.