Road Construction And Traffic: Important Etiquette Dos And Don'ts

Nobody enjoys having to navigate through road construction or be stuck in a traffic jam, but the fact remains that they're sometimes unavoidable and are simply a part of life when you own a car. Often times, however, road traffic is made worse when people don't follow simple etiquette rules. By following some basic tips while behind the wheel, you can do your part to alleviate a traffic jam and keep the roads safe.

DO Slow Down for Construction Workers

Any time you're entering a construction zone, it's time to slow down. Of course there will be signs posted to warn you of this, but many people ignore them--especially if there aren't obviously any workers present. However, not only is speeding in a construction zone cause for being pulled over and issued a hefty ticket, but it's also downright unsafe not only for you and other drivers, but for construction workers that may be present (even if you can't see them).

DON'T Wait Until the Last Second to Merge

When you see that a lane is ending--even if it's not for a couple of miles--go ahead and merge as soon as it's safe for you to do so. Waiting until the lane is literally shrinking around your vehicle will not only frustrate other drivers and possibly lead to a road rage situation, but will worsen the traffic jam as well, because other drivers will need to slow down or come to a complete stop to let you in.

DO Slow Down to Alleviate Congestion

Fewer things are more frustrating behind the wheel than being stuck in traffic. When you find yourself in a slow-moving traffic jam, your first instinct is probably to maintain your speed as much as possible, accelerating quickly as soon as the car in front of you begins to move and braking as soon as you see brake lights. However, did you know that this can actually be counterproductive to alleviating traffic congestion? By maintaining a slow speed and keeping a gap between your car and the one in front of you rather than tailgating, you can actually get through traffic jams faster.

Now that you have a better understanding of the various traffic etiquette rules, you can do your part to keep the roads safe and avoid the common frustrations of being stuck in construction or traffic. Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you're behind the wheel.