Like many other people, you have to drive to get to work. And depending on how close you are to your workplace, your commute may take up a considerable amount of time every day.
According to NPR, in 2018, the average American’s commute time was approximately 26.9 minutes. Spending this much time going to and from work every day could put you at a higher risk of getting into a car accident, but certain strategies can help you protect yourself on the road.
1. Eliminate distractions
Your phone can be a tempting distraction to pass the time when you sit in traffic. Resist the urge to use your cellphone during your commute and save phone calls and replying to text messages for later to reduce your chances of getting involved in an injurious car accident.
2. Remain alert
You never know what the other drivers around you are going to do. Instead of zoning out as you drive, focus on other drivers and traffic conditions around you at all times.
3. Follow traffic signals and signs
Traffic signals and signs exist to control the flow of traffic and prevent avoidable collisions. Even if you are in a hurry to get to work or get home from your workplace, always obey the rules of the road.
If you want to get to work at a certain time or get home for something after work quickly, give yourself enough time to travel. Traffic conditions can be unpredictable, and you should try and prevent frustration as you drive as much as possible.