Traffic Jam Safety Tips

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5 Ways to Stay Safe in Bumper-to-Bumper Traffic

As the holiday season gears up, more and more people will be hitting the roads for long trips to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, this also means that there's a higher chance of being stuck in traffic. This blog post will provide five tips for staying safe while you're in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

#1. Plan Ahead

The best way to avoid being stuck in traffic is to plan ahead. If you know that you're going to be traveling during a peak time, try to leave a little earlier than you otherwise would. This will give you some wiggle room in case you do end up hitting some traffic.

#2. Keep Your Distance

If you are in stop-and-go traffic, it's important to keep a good distance between your car and the car in front of you. If someone were to rear-end you, the damage would be much less severe if there was space between the two cars.

#3. Be Alert

When you're stopped in traffic, it can be easy to zone out and not pay attention to your surroundings. However, it's important to stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you. If you see something suspicious, don't hesitate to call 911. For potential hazards like a distracted driver, call California’s non-emergency line: 1-800-835-5247.

#4. Don't Get Out of Your Car

If you're in a situation where you're stopped in traffic and someone approaches your car, it's important not to get out. Make sure your doors are locked, and only talk to them with the windows rolled up or slightly cracked. If you find yourself in a position where you don’t feel safe, call 911.

#5. Stay Calm

It can be easy to get frustrated when you're stuck in traffic, but it's important to stay calm. Getting angry won't help the situation, and it could make you more likely to do something risky. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths and try to relax.

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