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Traffic congestion can lead to collisions

Traffic in the United States is getting worse. Why? There are more people driving than ever before, and the road structures haven't changed much at all. The primary issue isn't necessarily that there are too many vehicles but instead that too many people have to travel at the same time each day. This is the reason that certain times of the day are called "rush hour" as people rush to work, school or home for the day.

Another issue in America specifically is that many people live in low-density areas. This means that carpooling is unlikely, so people have to use their own private automobiles instead of riding with coworkers or using public transportation. This means that there is more traffic on the roads, which creates a higher likelihood of collisions, injuries and deaths.

What can you do to avoid injuries in traffic jams or heavy traffic?

Heavy traffic is difficult to deal with because it often requires you to be extremely focused. A single second looking away from the road can cause an accident when traffic is tight.

To avoid getting into a collision, it's a good idea to plan your route in advance. Get more information about the traffic conditions and if there are roads blocked or delayed by construction. If you can, plan to avoid areas where traffic is highly congested during rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon.

Another thing to do is to consider carpooling or taking a ride-sharing service with neighbors, coworkers or other students. Although it may not seem like traveling in a group will do much, if everyone did, there would be much less traffic to worry about.

Finally, if you do have to drive, stay focused. Put away your cellphone, don't fiddle with the radio and don't eat behind the wheel. You need to focus on what's happening around you, since vehicles are traveling closer together and drivers could make mistakes suddenly.

If you are involved in a crash, the best thing you and the others involved can do is attempt to move your vehicles off the roadway. Doing so reduces the risk of a secondary collision caused by debris or drivers who don't notice the crash you're involved in soon enough to avoid colliding with you.

If you have to travel during busy times, be ready for delays. Leave early and be prepared to take longer to get to your destination.

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