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3 tips for preparing for traffic jams in South Carolina

When you have to travel, it can be hard. Highways can become congested, and there is the possibility of crashes. Stop-and-go traffic is more likely to cause crashes, since people are traveling slowly and may be stopped for periods of time. When they start moving again, they might move too quickly and end up in a rear-end collision as the vehicles ahead of them are forced to stop.

As someone who would rather avoid any kind of collision, it's a good idea to learn more about what you can do to avoid them. Here are three helpful tips that can keep you safer when you're traveling on highways or interstates.

1. Prepare ahead of time for stop-and-go traffic

Becoming antsy is one of the major issues that drivers face when traffic is backed up and slowed down. Prepare for traffic jams ahead of time, so you're not distracted when you should be paying attention to the road. It's a good idea to make sure your gas tank is full, that you have music you like to listen to and that you have snacks or drinks for passengers. That way, you won't feel rushed or have the need to cross multiple lanes of traffic to try to get off the highway during a slowdown.

2. Check the traffic ahead of time

When you plan to go out on a highway or interstate, do what you can to check for traffic slowdowns. Many GPS systems and traffic alerts will let you know if there are crashes or delays on highways, so you can plan for alternative routes. Doing this can keep you out of slowed traffic, so there is a lower chance of getting into a crash.

3. Give yourself plenty of time to travel

Never get into your vehicle to drive when you're rushed to get somewhere. Feeling rushed can lead to speeding and other reckless acts, all of which can lead to a collision. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. It's better to arrive early than to end up in traffic and worry about being late.

These are three helpful tips that will guarantee that you're better prepared for slowed or stopped traffic. If you prepare ahead of time, you'll be better able to handle the changes in traffic conditions and be more focused on what's ahead of your vehicle. That simple tactic can prevent collisions on the highway.

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