Tips for Re-Acclimating to a Congested Commute

by Staff Blogger | May 28th, 2020

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but many cities and states are beginning to reopen. That will mean more people heading back to work and more traffic on Virginia’s highways and interstates.

Whether you were still doing your daily commute, or were just getting out to buy groceries and other essentials, you may have noticed that roadways had much less traffic than before, as more people were staying home. The loosening of restrictions and the reopening of offices and businesses may slowly result in traffic volumes returning to normal, and that can increase your risks of being involved in a crash.

Keep these tips in mind as you re-acclimate to your daily commute:

  • Maintain a safe following distance—With fewer cars on the road, this was more easily accomplished during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s still important to leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, especially in heavy traffic.
  • Avoid distractions—Larger traffic volumes mean a higher chance of stop-and-go traffic or sudden slowdowns. It’s important to always keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind on the task at hand, particularly when driving in congested areas.
  • Stay calm—Many people rate their daily commute as the most stressful part of their day. Wide-open freeways were a nice respite, but traffic volumes are slowly increasing. Stay calm if you experience newfound congestion and traffic jams, as doing so will help you stay safe.

The Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm are here to help if you or someone you love gets injured in an auto accident, whether it’s during your daily commute, on a vacation road trip, or just while driving to the store. Contact us today for a free consultation.