Next weekend marks the end of the holiday for many Americans: it will be easy to find a traffic jam back home. Do you know how to help avoid them?
End of August Is the holiday and return home eventually touches. The problem is that, like you, hundreds of thousands of Americans will go out on the road to return to their homes, and, despite the warnings about trying to stagger the return, we all want to take advantage of our beach or mountain days until the last minute. Big mistake, because that will make us all come home at once and manage to congest the road. And that, in our emotional state, is a real problem.
The combination of holiday end and traffic jam does not anticipate anything good. From the outset, the first thing you get is to anticipate our post-holiday depression, since it will remind us that the good is over and that we return to the daily routine of traffic jams when going to and from work. And getting upset while sitting at the wheel of our car can always be a source of conflict. Therefore, the first thing you should think about is the possibility of making your trip back also an adventure.
Usually, we try to make our return trip from a sitting, without even getting up from the wheel. We cover the order of 400 to 800 kilometers, and we are not even able to stop to know everything we are leaving behind us on the road. We live in a wonderful country full of extraordinary beauties that deserve to know and stop to see. Doing so, in addition to providing us with a rest behind the wheel, will make the trip more pleasant and allow us to enjoy some last adventure on the way to our daily routine for the rest of the year. One more experience (visual, cultural, gastronomic, adventurous) to be able to count as something special when we return to work.
Making stops helps us avoid traffic jams and face many other drivers who also return to their routines and travel just as tired, disgusted, and fatigued as we are. A breeding ground that seasoned by the heat still prevailing and the stress caused by traffic jams can end up causing small incidents and discussions on the road, both with our fellow travelers and with other road users.
And that makes many drivers do not realize that changing small details of their attitude behind the wheel can help eliminate or at least mitigate traffic jams. Here are some tips that, at least, will help prevent the jam from getting worse.
- Try to change gears as little as possible. Try to keep the car moving at a constant pace and always keep the same distance from the car that precedes you. This way will avoid having to be constantly starting and stopping, and you will help to make the traffic jam more fluid.
- Expand your safety distance from the vehicle that precedes you; that way, you will avoid having to stop abruptly and completely. These types of stops and slowdowns are those that amplify the effects of traffic jams and make them more extensive in time and distances.
- Do not lose your temper, and stay tuned for driving. Anticipate traffic jams by monitoring the behavior of the cars that precede you. This attitude will help you avoid unnecessary speed reductions and allow you to be on the move longer, which has a reparative effect on your driving stress.
- Try to brake the car by simply lifting the foot of the accelerator and without using the brake pedal. It will make you more bearable the time you stay stuck.
- Maintaining an adequate safety distance, and even slightly longer than normal, will prevent you from braking and accelerating. Do not slow down more than necessary, because when you do, you will need to accelerate more to return to the cruise speed that is circulating in the traffic jam.
- Always keep calm. Altering does not lead to anything and varying the way you think helps you cope better with the stress caused by the traffic jam. A positive attitude will allow you to devise small games that entertain your passengers and will make life on board more rewarding than if you adopt a contrary and bitter attitude.
- Remember that while the shortest route is usually the straightest, it often does not have to be the fastest. Sometimes small detours make us avoid the traffic jam or, at least, cut the time we spend in them.
- Before getting in the car, look at the map of your route and look for possible shortcuts and alternative routes at different points of the road that allow you to continue moving forward or, at least, continue driving as you wish, not to the one that marks the traffic jam.