Hazards of Sarasota Rush Hour Throughout the Year
Rush hour, a phrase that refers to traffic times when there are a lot of drivers on the road, can lead to car accidents. This is because of the close proximity of many vehicles combined with stressed out drivers who are in a hurry. In Sarasota, it is often experienced in the downtown area and at St. Armands Circle. Construction on roundabouts on U.S. 41 have created additional traffic delays, too.
Traffic can be worse during the tourist months as well, especially the months of January through April. Safe driving is essential and there are ways to reduce risk, but if you are involved in an accident, it is best to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable Sarasota car accident lawyer right away.
Tips for Staying Safe During Peak Driving Periods
Always keeping your car well maintained is a great place to start staying safe on the road. Make sure your oil is changed as necessary and that your tires always have proper treading. When possible, driving a car that has a good safety rating is also helpful. Further, when you are deciding how to get to your destination, try to choose a path that avoids roads that are always busy and any direction with extensive sun glare.
The sun can be particularly dangerous during rush hour because peak driving periods are often times when the sun is rising or setting. This stands to reason as many are heading to work in the early hours of the morning and heading home in the evening.
Other Safe Driving Tips:
- Choose sunglasses that are polarized when driving through sun glare.
- Avoid aggressive drivers and remain calm yourself.
- Be sure to position your mirrors and sun visors in places that give you full vision.
- Remember to use turn signals so as not to surprise other drivers.
- Opt to stay in one lane when possible.
In rush hour traffic, drivers may try to save time by changing lanes repeatedly. This can lead to erratic driving, increasing chances of a crash. Choosing one lane that is moving with the flow of traffic is your best course of action not only because changing lanes only gives you a small time reduction but also because it is also the safest course of action.
Maintain Adequate Room Between Vehicles
When traffic is heavy, it is common for drivers to close the gap between vehicles. However, when there is not enough room between trucks, motorcycles, and cars, the possibility of impact increases. Combined with drivers who are in a hurry to get to work for a meeting or get home for a family dinner, inadequate room between vehicles is dangerous. Also, without enough space, another vehicle is unable to move away from unexpected hazards.
Many experience frustration and stress when they are stuck in Sarasota traffic. Remaining calm is your best bet, but you can’t control the behaviors of other drivers. If there is an accident, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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If you have been injured in a Florida crash, the experienced Sarasota car accident lawyers at Hale Law can help you to maximize your compensation. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no fees or costs if we are unable to recover compensation for you. For a free attorney consultation, call us anytime at 941-735-4529.