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There are times when you know that you’re driving into a traffic jam, such as during your morning or evening commute. And there are also times when traffic congestion may suddenly pop up out of nowhere, such as the result of a new construction project or an accident.

There are specific steps you can take to drive safely when traffic picks up. Here’s what you should do:

  • Focus on the road, and nothing else: This is a good tip to follow at all times, especially in heavy traffic. Even though you’re moving slowly, it doesn’t mean you should take your attention away from the task at hand.
  • Leave a greater following distance: Yes, traffic has slowed to a crawl, but don’t sit too close to the bumper in front of you. A few car lengths gives you plenty of time to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Don’t get involved with aggressive drivers: Should you come across an aggressive driver, such as someone who is swerving all over the place or changing lanes without signaling, keep your distance. Engaging them, such as by yelling or using hand motions, will only put you at greater risk of an accident.

These are the types of tips that can help you drive safely when traffic picks up. If you’re injured in an accident despite your best efforts to avoid trouble, call for help and accept medical treatment. You can then turn your attention to the accident's aftermath, including filing an insurance claim and protecting your legal rights.


Sports coaches say good practice produces good technique, but poor practice reinforces poor technique. The same is true for driving. When you take your test, you will learn to drive correctly. Then you go and build up road experience year by year. As you do so, you may pick up bad habits. Years later, you might not be driving as well as you like to think.

Few drivers take further training. Amateur golfers, by contrast, often spend hundreds of dollars each year on coaching to improve their technique.

Being good or bad at golf is not a matter of life and death. Being bad at driving might be. Taking an online defensive driving course is a cheap way to improve your technique. It is not the same as taking an advanced driving course where you drive with an instructor, but it is a good start. Here are some of the advantages of attending a class:


After receiving medical care following a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to file an insurance claim. However, with so much going on in your life, you need to proceed with caution, as neglecting to do so can result in a mistake that costs you money in the long run.

Here are some of the most common insurance claim mistakes:

  • Saying too much: Yes, you want to file a claim as soon as you can. And yes, you need to provide your agent with basic information about the accident, such as where it occurred. However, don’t dive too far into the details until you understand your legal rights and are comfortable answering questions.
  • Agreeing to make a recorded statement: If your agent asks you to make a recorded statement, you have the right to turn them down. Doing so while under stress is a mistake, as you could say the wrong thing or misinterpret what’s asked of you.
  • Trusting your insurance agent: Many people have a longstanding relationship with their agent, so they trust them to do the right thing if they’re in an accident. You shouldn’t put all your trust in your agent, because at the end of the day it’s a business. They’re going to do what’s best for them, their company and their bottom line. So, you need to do what’s best for you, and that means not putting your trust in your agent.
  • Accepting their first offer: You want to put your accident behind you as soon as you can, and your insurance company knows this. So, they may make you a lowball offer in the hope that you take it. Don’t accept any money from an insurance company until you’re 100% sure that it’s the right thing to do.

You’re faced with many challenges after a car accident, especially if you suffered a serious injury that requires long-term treatment.


A Texas man is recovering after a devastating turn of events that required the amputation of both of his legs and left two people dead.

The man was traveling on Interstate 45 near Rankin, Texas, around 1:30 a.m. one recent morning when he pulled over his Chevrolet Suburban to try to help others who were involved in a crash.

Here’s what happened next: Police say that a Lincoln Navigator towing a trailer was on I-45, heading south. The Navigator, carrying a couple and their two young children, sustained a flat tire. They got to the side of the road and stopped, and the trailer was rammed by a Mazda.

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