As with any big city, the traffic in San Francisco at peak times can be quite heavy. Getting stuck in traffic is unavoidable sometimes, so here's how to be safer about it.
Remove all distractions
In heavy traffic conditions, the road will be crowded with cars, the flow of traffic irregular, and people will start getting impatient, leading to them trying to merge where they likely shouldn’t. The last thing you need is a distraction preventing you from paying attention to these things.
Pay attention to heavy traffic in the distance
When you are approaching a crowded section of road, you should take your foot off the accelerator and coast forward, allowing friction to slow your vehicle. This will moderate your speed while saving you fuel.
Keep a Safe Distance
It is always important to keep a safe distance from the car ahead of you, but in heavy traffic, it’s even more critical. If the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops, you need to have time to brake to avoid an accident. Safe following distance is usually considered to be at least 3 seconds behind the car ahead of you.
Your emotional state has an impact on your driving ability. If you start getting too nervous to drive safely, you may need to pull off the road or get off at the next exit to rest. Take a few minutes to regain your composure before getting back on the road.
Use Turn Signals
While you can't depend on others always signaling their intentions when driving, you can certainly control whether or not they have realistic expectations for your actions. Always use your turn signals in advance of making a lane change or turning.
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