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5 Tips for Protecting Your Sanity and Safety in Nashville Traffic

Posted in Car Accident on May 21, 2018

A proposed mass transit plan was recently voted down in Nashville, and that means commuting options for most drivers into and around the city will remain the area’s major interstates and highways.

People who have lived and worked in the area for any amount of time know that traffic can be significant, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. And congestion can get even worse when inclement weather hits, as accidents and delays are much more likely to occur when roads are slick and wet from rain, snow, and ice.

No one likes to deal with traffic, but it’s an everyday reality for thousands of drivers in the mid-state area. Thankfully, there are some effective and efficient ways to deal with it to make your daily commute a little less frustrating and a little safer:

  • Plan ahead—Mapping services and live traffic updates are easier and more convenient to access and use than ever before. You can save significant amounts of time on your daily commute by mapping your route just before you leave home or the office. You’ll quickly see updates on areas with the heaviest congestion, and you may be able to avoid them entirely by taking alternate routes. In addition, mapping your routes will also provide an opportunity to avoid road closures, road work, and other factors that can cause significant delays.

Planning ahead also means giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. When you don’t feel rushed or on the verge of running late, you’ll be less tempted to speed or engage in dangerous driving behaviors. Leaving earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon also means less traffic on the interstate or highway—and that means a smoother drive and a reduced risk of accidents.

  • Keep your cool—Being a safe and responsible driver requires plenty of focus and concentration. You must be able to react quickly to the movements of other vehicles, you must be able to accurately judge distances and speeds, and you must be able to perceive the size of your vehicle as it’s traveling at high speeds. Anything that interferes with your focus, concentration, and overall state of mind can be detrimental to your driving ability—and that includes anger and even rage.

Almost anyone is susceptible to road rage, and it can happen when you least expect it. Staying cool, calm, and collected behind the wheel, even during the most stressful traffic-related situations, can help you avoid judgment errors and aggressive driving—both of which can lead to accidents. Keeping your cool is also important for avoiding confrontations with other drivers who may be experiencing the effects of road rage themselves.

  • Get your vehicle serviced regularly—When you’re driving in heavy traffic every day, the last thing you need to worry about is the reliability of your vehicle. Breaking down on your morning or afternoon commute isn’t just extremely inconvenient—it can also be dangerous. When drivers become stranded in traffic or on the side of the road, they face serious risks, and they may even be hit by passing vehicles.

Common problems that drivers often face during their daily commutes include flat or damaged tires, running out of gas, or oil-related engine troubles. You can prevent those issues by checking your tires regularly. If you see damage or worn tread, get them replaced as soon as possible. In addition, never put off filling your gas tank, as you never know when you may get stuck in traffic and be unable to top it off. Finally, schedule regular oil changes to keep your engine running at its peak performance and reliability.

  • Be a defensive driver—Defensive driving is all about protecting yourself from the dangers of the road. Of course, the dangers of the road encompass many things, including your own driving habits, the habits and behaviors of other drivers, weather and road conditions, and sudden, unexpected situations that can put you in danger. Safe driving isn’t always easy, and being a safe driver day in and day out requires commitment to good driving habits and an awareness of when and where accidents can occur.

One of the best ways to become a defensive driver is to simply expect the unexpected. That can be difficult for some drivers, especially when they’ve taken the same route hundreds of even thousands of times. But recognizing that there’s a chance you’ll be involved in an accident every time you leave home can help you be more cognizant of potential risks and hazards on Nashville’s highways and interstates.

  • Consider alternate transportation or work arrangements—If sitting in traffic every day is driving you crazy, try to find alternate ways of getting to and from work. Carpooling is a great option for many Middle Tennessee residents. There are also several Metro Transit Authority Park & Ride stations throughout the city for bus riders, car poolers, and van poolers. Finally, Wilson County residents and people who live near the area can utilize the Music City Star, a commuter rail service that runs between Lebanon and Nashville.

    Work from home options and flexible work schedules are becoming more popular at many businesses, and they can help significantly cut down on traffic and the number of vehicles on the road during rush hour.

Recent studies have shown that Nashville is among the 25 worst cities in America for traffic, and the problem may continue to get worse before it gets better, especially as the area continues to boom. Because additional transit options may be many years away, it’s important to do everything you can to reduce the risks you face during your daily commute.

Hurt in a Crash? Protect Your Legal Rights Today.

At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville car accident attorneys know that heavy traffic often means a greater risk of crashes. If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help you maximize your chances of getting compensation.

Pursuing compensation on your own means a greater chance of being taken advantage of by the insurance company. One of their primary tactics is to offer victims like you lowball settlements that simply aren’t enough to cover the medical bills and lost wages that you’ll face in the weeks, months, and years to come.

We can calculate how much you’re owed, and we’ll fight to get you the full damages you and your family deserve. Contact us today at (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online form to get in touch with us. We have 30 years of experience helping victims like you, and we know what it takes to win.