If you live in or around Atlanta, you’re well aware that rush-hour traffic is part of your life. Unfortunately, driving in traffic has the potential to cause an accident, bringing forth a variety of challenges.

Here are a few tips you can follow to stay safe in rush-hour traffic:

  • Stay in your lane: Don’t be one of those drivers who changes lanes in search of the one that’s moving fastest. Stay where you are, with the exception of making a change to exit or avoid trouble.
  • Take another route: Consider all the routes you can take to your destination, as you may find one that doesn’t have nearly as much congestion.
  • Leave more time in your schedule: When you’re in a hurry and stuck in rush-hour traffic, you’re more likely to take risks. When you do that, you’re also more likely to cause an accident.
  • Don’t become distracted: When traffic slows down, it’s common to look for ways to pass the time. Maybe you’re tempted to text your spouse. Or maybe you turn around to talk to your children in the back seat. Even a brief distraction increases the risk of an accident.

When you follow these tips, you improve your ability to stay safe in rush-hour traffic. In the event of an accident, move out of the way, and call 911 to explain your situation.

It’s important to collect information pertaining to your accident but only if you’re uninjured. If you’re dealing with any type of injury, stay where you are, and administer first aid until help arrives.

As time allows, you can contact your insurance company and learn more about the many ways to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills and other damages.