Rush hour is actually several hours during the day when traffic is more likely to be busy. The evening rush is between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., while the morning rush tends to be between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Rush hour traffic is dangerous because there are so many vehicles on the roads. Drivers may be eager to get to work, school or home, too, so they could become aggressive or speed.
Both during the morning and evening rush hours, it’s possible that it could be dark outside, which increases the likelihood of getting into a crash.
How can you stay safer during rush hour?
The good news is that you can be safe during rush hour. There are several tips that may help you get to your destination safely and on time. Here are seven to help you on your way.
- Put away your digital devices, so you’re not distracted.
- Don’t be impatient. Slow down to the speed limit (or lower when conditions require it).
- Know your route. Use a GPS (and make sure you set up the route before driving).
- Unless you need to exit the road, stay in your lane.
- Stay alert. You may feel like this is familiar territory, but not paying attention could result in a crash.
- Avoid eating. If you must eat before you get to your destination, park your vehicle.
- Use your hazard lights if there are dangers ahead. The more warning you can give others the better off you’ll be.
These are just a few ways to make your rush hour drive safer. Remember, you can always wait for rush hour to pass before you drive or opt to take an alternative route that isn’t used as often by people in your area. Doing all of these things may help you reduce the likelihood of a collision.
If you are hit, make sure to exchange information with the other driver and to call 911. If you can pull your vehicles off to the side of the road, do so. This will help prevent secondary collisions due to slowed or stopped traffic.