Every day, thousands upon thousands of people in the Oklahoma City area commute to and from school and work. If you’re among them, you know that navigating traffic is a way of life.

Not only is heavy traffic frustrating, but it also puts your safety at risk. Fortunately, when you adjust your driving style, you can take steps to prevent a motor vehicle accident. Here are some things you need to do:

  • Pay attention: Heavy traffic doesn’t give you reason to become distracted. This isn’t a time to call your spouse on the phone, send a text message or check your email. Traffic may be slow, but you should still pay close attention to everything happening around you.
  • Stay in your lane: Don’t be that person who changes from lane to lane because you think it will save you a few minutes. You know where you have to be, so get in the appropriate lane and stay there until it’s time to exit or make a turn.
  • Beware of aggressive drivers: Heavy traffic has a way of bringing out the worst in drivers. If someone becomes overly aggressive, such as by yelling at you or attempting to run you off the road, remain calm and keep your distance. Don’t provoke the person by taking retaliatory action. If things progress, pull to the side of the road and call 911.
  • Try another route: Rather than take the same heavily trafficked route every day, search for a less stressful alternative. Even if it takes you extra time to reach your destination, it’s worth the peace of mind.
  • Change your schedule: If it’s an option, look into adjusting your schedule so you can travel at times when the roads are less crowded.

Even if you follow these safety tips in heavy traffic, a negligent driver could still cause an accident. It’s scary and frustrating, but it’s not a time to panic. Call 911 to request an ambulance, check yourself and your passengers for injuries and wait for help to arrive.

After you receive treatment and discuss your prognosis with your doctor, you can file an insurance claim and take additional steps to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.